GENERATION RENT campaigns for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable private rented homes in sustainable communities.

Join us today and help campaign for a better deal for private renters.

How we help

  • hwh-1.pngCall for changes in legislation, strategies, policies and practices to make private housing a better place to live

  • hwh-2.pngStrengthen the voice of private tenants by developing a national network of private renters and local private renters’ groups
  • hwh-3.pngProvide opportunities for private renters to campaign on issues that affect them and their local areas
  • hwh-4.pngWork with affiliates towards achieving the aims of Generation Rent
  • commented 2018-05-22 15:03:24 +0100
    Fox watcher.
    No,I don’t agree,Private Landlords should be seen as part of the solution,not the problem,not everyone wants to buy as renting is more flexible. Decent ones provide can provide a service to decent tenants its plug the gap.
    Its only minor compared to the whole problem,which is the total lack of housing through government failures to build enough.
  • commented 2018-05-22 14:48:18 +0100
    Kevin Dray, with all due respect, problem landlords have a much greater impact on the lives of their tenants than problem tenants do on their landlords. A problem tenant can leave a landlord out of pocket, a problem landlord can leave a tenant homeless or forced to move far away from where they work and facing the considerable expense of finding another home, and yet landlords currently enjoy far greater protections than tenants do, as successive governments feel those who own the property deserve far greater rights over it than those who live in it.

    You may feel that calls for greater regulation of landlords are unfairly punishing you, someone who plays by the rules, but tenants who have experienced decades of uncertainty over where and how they will live and how much it will cost don’t want to just place their trust that their new landlord is one of the good ones, and sometimes a landlord who can seem good can suddenly change their tune if a problem with the property is reported, or if they have the opportunity to increase their income from the property. So tenants want to know that if things between them and their landlord do deteriorate, then they will be protected.
  • commented 2018-05-22 13:40:40 +0100
    Kevin Dray, do you not see that if there were no private landlords, demand for lower price properties would reduce and the existing supply would be better able to meet the needs of thousands who aspire to own their own properties? Please don’t enter into a discussion – I won’t respond – but you must see the truth of this.
  • commented 2018-05-22 13:28:07 +0100
    Generation Rent

    I have read through your new appointments,I consider them unfair.
    I am a Private Landlord
    My tenants are not treated like second-class citizens,often putting up with unsafe homes, minimal security, and unfair rent hikes,they are all very very happy.
    Every decent landlord,and there are many of them, would like to see the back of rogue ones,having said that,for every one of them there are 5 bad tenants.
    Fortunately for me, I have only had a few occasions when I have had to evict due to non payments and disgraceful behavior,amounting to thousands of pounds being lost through the courts,plus costs to clean up the mess left behind,it takes months !
    My places are excellent,where is my protection?
    All I hear is Anti landlord sentiment,yet people ignore the fact that the vast majority of tenancies are ended by The Tenant,within 1 months notice.
    The likes of Shelter and GR are constantly hammering Landlords which is making the housing crisis worse.
    Its not our fault there’s not enough houses,that first time buyers cant afford a deposit,that rents are rising.
    That is down to supply and demand, a continuing and historical government failure.
    So what does Mr Osbourne do,? he introduces Section 24 and additional Stamp Duty,which is and will be a continuing disaster,its killing investment.
    You only have to ask the largest builder in Britain,Berkeley Homes,they recently confirmed that they cannot justify the step up in production levels,one reason being tax rule changes to BTL Landlords.
    A rebut to Theresa May,why build more for less profit,would you ?
    There should be Incentives for Tenants AND LANDLORDS,not hound them out.
    We should work together,rather than against.
    But hey,I live in hope!!

    Kevin
  • commented 2018-05-13 21:50:11 +0100
    Hi , have any councils built housing under the secondary housing scheme proposed in the Generation Rent manifesto?
  • commented 2018-05-11 22:26:45 +0100
    Hi there Just touching base . I was at the people powered housing event and very impressed with your campaign . I own and run Katie Fitzgeralds in Stourbridge we support a lot of community activity in our area , I am also in the process of forming Stourbridge Community Development Trust which will be looking at some sort of housing campaign or project once its established . If you are ever looking for support in our area we also have strong contacts with local Labour activists so do let us know . Cheers Eddy Morton

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2018 takes renters closer to a fairer housing market

It's our End Of Year round-up! 2018 has been an exciting year for the campaign. Through our work - with activists, renter unions and other groups - we are closer to a safer, fairer and more secure private rental market.

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Letting Agents are not the "servants of two masters"

Parliament’s scrutiny of the Tenant Fees Bill has exposed the common misconception that a letting agent works for both the landlord and the tenant. A letting agent is not, as David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark had put it, “effectively the servant of two masters.” Letting agents typically act for only one side (usually, the landlord).

An agent’s role is to serve the interests of the person who appoints them. It is simply not possible to act loyally for two parties whose interests are at odds (e.g. when one side would rather receive higher rent and the other would rather pay less). To suggest otherwise is to contradict English statute and common law, the Property Ombudsman’s guidance, the forthcoming Tenant Fees Bill and even the Bible.

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MPs debated Section 21 - here's what they had to say

On Thursday 6th December our campaign to end unfair evictions reached the Houses of Parliament.

Labour MP Karen Buck, in partnership with the End Unfair Evictions campaign, sponsored a Westminster Hall parliamentary debate on the problems pertaining to Section 28 evictions. MPs came together to share horror stories from their constituents of evictions as well as discuss the larger power imbalances born of the constant threat of eviction many tenants live with.

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Section 21: Terrible for tenants and lengthy for landlords in court

Our campaign to end unfair evictions has caught the attention of Parliament. On Thursday, MPs are debating “the use of Section 21 evictions in the private rented sector”.

We’re calling for the abolition of Section 21, and the government is considering responses to its proposed three-year tenancies. This is the first opportunity MPs will have to air their views on reform, and quiz the Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, on her department’s proposals. We’ll get a sense of what there is cross-party support for.

Ahead of the debate, we wanted to take a look at what we know about evictions and their extent. It's important to note that the problems with Section 21 go far beyond the basic number of evictions. The threat of a no-fault eviction discourages tenants from treating the property as their long term home, and even from complaining about disrepair.

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Pressure builds on Natwest over benefit discrimination

Back in October, we learned that Natwest had asked one of its buy-to-let customers to either evict her tenant, who was receiving housing benefit, or pay a draconian fee to switch her mortgage.

The bank’s terms and conditions prohibited customers from letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Yet another example of a bank discriminating against low-income households and fuelling the “No DSS” culture. But this time, 62% of the bank is owned by the government, i.e. us.

The landlord has started a petition urging the government to stop this practice by high street banks, and it’s nearly at 5000 signatures.

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Life after Section 21

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Housing Act 1988 receiving Royal Assent and becoming law. The Act introduced the assured shorthold tenancy, and, with it, Section 21, the ability for landlords to evict without needing a reason.

As part of the End Unfair Evictions campaign we are calling for Section 21 to be scrapped, and demanded this in our response to the government’s recent consultation on longer tenancies. In our response we also set out how the private rental market should work once Section 21 is history.

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Lords send ministers away to fix fees ban

The letting fees ban has inched closer to being law. Yesterday a Grand Committee of the House of Lords went through most of the Tenant Fees Bill, line by line. There are still potential loopholes that could leave tenants vulnerable to exploitation.

Following lobbying by ourselves, Shelter and Citizens Advice, and amendments by peers including Baroness Grender and Lord Kennedy, the government has now agreed to examine them before the Report Stage.

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Hammond Housing Horror

Despite repeated cries by the Chancellor that “your hard work has paid off”, the Autumn Budget was underwhelming in its efforts to address the housing crisis. In brief, nothing new for renters, a mixed bag for landlords, and support for first-time buyers moving into shared ownership. Several extra pots of cash for housebuilding but well short of what’s needed and nothing radical in terms of reforming the land market to funnel the proceeds of development to local communities and build more council homes.

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What happens to rents if landlords exit the market? Nothing.

Today we publish new research looking at the relationship between the size of the private rental market and rents, in light of the credit crunch, landlord tax changes, and proposals for tenancy reform.

We demonstrate that:

  • A fall in rental supply is matched by a fall in demand as renters become home owners
  • There is no impact on inflation-adjusted rents - in fact they've been falling
  • The experience of the past 14 years suggests rents are most closely linked to wages - i.e. what renters can afford to pay
  • This should give the government confidence to press on with substantial reform to tenancies
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Is Onward's policy Right to Buy for private renters?

Right to Buy was electoral gold dust to the Conservatives back in the 1980s, but since council homes were sold off unreplaced, and the social housing sector dwindled, it has lost its lustre. With housing policy the key to winning over today’s 18 to, er, 45 year olds, it’s no wonder some in the party have taken up alchemy.

Onward, a think tank peopled by former government advisers, thinks it has the answer, which is about as close to Right to Buy for private tenants as we’re likely to get. Because the property is not the state’s to sell, it’s merely Chance to Buy.

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