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 2014-06-24 23:59:49 +0100
    Regulation has got to change. Working parents or anyone who has had a change in circumstance need longer tenancies. Generations of children will be effected by the upheval and stress unplanned moves create. Agents fees need to be scrapped. I have just watched the BBC panorama documentary , and I was saddended by what I saw. Why is there no law or regulation in place to prevent poor housing being given to people in the private sector.
    Why is it that there are many boarded up pubs “eyesores” just sitting there in our local towns etc? Why cant the council and developers act quickly and demolish to build homes for people?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-24 20:56:07 +0100
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  • commented 2014-06-18 19:53:49 +0100
    Good evening

    I am a landlord of 17 years – I look after single person households – I do not charge letting fees, nor a deposit and you can give me a week’s notice to leave! Despite this many of my tenants stay for years and years! look us up on www.safrh.co.uk.

    I am passionate about what I do and have the will and the infrastructure to expand throughout the UK – but I can’t get funding – not because the PRS model I run does not earn a profit for the investors but that simply investors like the top end frothy market and not the ordinary end of things!

    I appled for the Government Build to Rent Fund got through the first round was a housing model to be supported and then was rejected at the 11th hour in favour of the high net worth development companies.

    I have local councils begging me to put a safrh home in their borough and I can do this – but not till I’m funded.

    Perhaps ‘people power’ will get me the funding I need to give single person households a long term place which is a home which they can decorate , only get an annual rent increase and not every year either! and you can live there if you want for ever! It is social affordable and geared to make living with us a very positive experience – read our independent tenant survey……………. we make sure that for the single person with only 1 wage coming into the house that all utilities are as cheap as possible and everyone shares one standing charge and there are no sign up fees or any hidden extras………………………

    www.safrh.co.uk

    lets not only be heard lets get the right people to be landlords – there are some and I am one!!!

    canvass your MP or who you can if you like what you read about us and can see how we can help – if we get funded we can get building

    you can ring me on 01428 68 2589 or Cameron on 01323 640292

    Maggie
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One promise the Prime Minister must keep

Theresa May has broken her word. She ruled out a snap election five times, then called one.

Our question is: what other promises is she going to tear up?

The government is consulting now on proposals to ban letting fees, and the deadline of 2 June is a week before polling day.

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Proposed ban on letting fees unveiled

For four and a half months we've been waiting with bated breath for the government's proposals to ban fees, and today they were unveiled as the government finally launched its consultation.

The policy is no half-measure - tenants will not have to pay fees in connection with their tenancy outside of rent, refundable deposit, holding deposit and extra services they require during the course of the tenancy (e.g. replacing lost keys).

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Generation Rent wins prestigious campaigning award

Last night, Generation Rent was handed the Housing and Homelessness Award at the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Foundation awards in London.

The award was in recognition of our work in the past year to mobilise renters as a political force, which culminated in the government’s announcement of a ban on letting fees in November.

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Four new trustees help bolster the organisation

We are pleased to welcome four new trustees who have joined the Generation Rent board since the start of the year.

Daniel Bentley, Sean Cosgrove, Betsy Dillner and Hannah Williams bring with them decades of experience in political communications, financial management, movement building and business development.

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Housing Greater Manchester

When you mention the housing crisis, people tend to think of London and of campaign groups like Focus E15. There is good reason for this - the capital has experienced the worst excesses of the housing crisis, and the pushback there has been among the most dynamic in the country. Yet London is not alone in having a housing crisis, and in recent years the effects of a dysfunctional housing system have been making themselves felt in Greater Manchester.

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Minimum acceptable living standards in London - and how housing costs cut right through them

This week Trust for London, in conjunction with Loughborough University, published their latest report on a Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for London - with figures updated from their first report in 2015, and with a focus in this research on families.

The MIS compares costs between London and the rest of the UK to show the difference between the minimum needed for an acceptable standard of living - with that minimum based on a list of goods discussed and agreed upon by the public.

We can draw many conclusions from the report, and though it should surprise no one that the cost of housing is a major differential between London and the rest of the UK, the research shows that the rising cost of private rents in the lower end of the market stops a large number of households achieving the MIS.

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Rate your landlord and more on Marks Out Of Tenancy

Ben Yarrow is Founder of Marks Out Of TenancyFor more useful websites for renters, visit our resources page.

Ask anyone who’s renting, everyone’s got a story to share. Whether it’s good, bad or just plain ugly; every renter has had their own experience with a landlord or a letting agent that can give us insight into what can be expected as a potential tenant of theirs.    

Now, while it can be fun to wax lyrical about rental horror stories, we wanted to figure out how this exchange of experiences could be harnessed to the benefit of generation rent - so we created Marks out of Tenancy.

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Home ownership at 30-year low

Just 62.9% of England's population owns their home - the lowest proportion since 1985. And the private rented population now stands at 4.5m households, up on last year and bigger than in 1961, when slum landlords like Peter Rachman were making tenants' lives a misery.

These are the big findings of the English Housing Survey Headline Report, the first of two releases of the government-commissioned survey for 2015-16. 

At this rate, there will be more private renters than mortgage holders in just five years' time. It's already the largest tenure in London.

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Brighton and Bournemouth letting fees - all in one place

Even though the government has promised to ban letting fees, our crowdsourced research project at lettingfees.co.uk continues to build up a picture of renter exploitation around the country. Renters in Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove now have an online comparison of letting fees in their area, which will help them avoid the rogues who are either charging excessive fees or just not publishing theirs.

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Lessons from Germany: tenant power in the rental market

Last month the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) released its report “Lessons from Germany: Tenant power in the rental market”. It examines the relative strength of protection for German renters, and how these benefits might be brought across to England.

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