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 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
  • commented 2018-05-11 15:25:20 +0100
    I have direct experience of working in a Letting Agents office and Landlords are being encouraged to evict very long standing tenants, some of whom have been in occupation for up to 50 years, paying a low rent and living in condemnable conditions for fear of the rent going up or being evicted. The reason they are being evicted is because the Agents are telling the Landlords that they can evict their tenants, do the property up and then “achieve a higher income stream”. It is heartbreaking to see people in their 80 s lost and at the mercy of this ruthless movement which is fuelled purely by greed, being forced to leave their homes when they thought they d have a home for life. And this is happening in rural areas as well as towns. Councils are at breaking point and are simply overwhelmed with people desperate to find somewhere to live. On a pension, which is a fixed income, how can people possibly afford ridiculously high rents, and housing benefit/universal credit is an absolute joke, with waiting times up to three months and basing what they award people on the market rent 25 years ago. Landlords can pretty well do what they like and are often rich people who have inherited property and have no clue what it’s like to struggle, and what is worse, don t care. They can do it because it’s allowed, and up until now, no one is watching.
  • commented 2018-05-01 09:31:33 +0100
    Hi there, S3A Management Ltd agency in London are refusing to give my boyfriend and I a housing contract despite us asking for it for almost a month. We have asked and asked. Belatedly I discover that they don’t have an office or a website and seemingly no on or offline presence, apart from this: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10848917/officers. They have our deposit. What can we do? Thank you!
  • commented 2018-04-26 20:56:45 +0100
    the sooner we get agents’ fees on tenants scrapped, the better. it’s complete extortion. they work for the landlord, charge him and then charge us. what a rip off.

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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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May removes yet another obstacle to council home building

This week has been the Conservative Party's conference, and their chance to match Labour's pledges to abolish Section 21 and seed-fund renters' unions. 

There is a lot of worry among the party faithful that they are not doing enough about housing - the defining political issue of a generation. But with consultation responses on security being scrutinised by officials back in Whitehall, and Help to Buy facing negative attention, their options were narrow.

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Mayor of London backs indefinite tenancies

At the Labour party conference this week, delegates adopted a motion to (among other things) "Help private renters with an end to ‘no fault’ evictions, controls on rents and new minimum standards, including three year tenancies as standard." 

The BBC reported on this commitment, but beyond the wording of this motion and John Healey's speech, we haven't had any more detail of what this would entail. 

Luckily, Sadiq Khan has obliged. While the Mayor of London is not a member of the Shadow Cabinet, last week's publication of his response to the government's consultation on longer tenancies revealed that he is calling for much the same thing, plus some more idea of what it might look like in practice.

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Labour signs up to #endsection21

We kind of knew this already, but Labour is officially backing our campaign to end Section 21 and will scrap landlords' ability to evict tenants without giving a reason. It was reported by the BBC this morning, was part of the shadow Housing Secretary John Healey's speech in the conference centre, and then a motion on housing that included it was passed.

This follows members of the End Unfair Evictions doing a lot of work behind the scenes to successfully get local Labour parties to support the motion.

An even bigger piece of news was a £20m pot to jumpstart tenants' unions in the UK, reported by the Independent

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Before you rent: How to protect your legal rights

Finding a flat to rent in England can be tough. The stress only compounds when things don’t go as planned. When I lived in London, I got caught out when my landlord insisted on “renegotiating” the tenancy terms after I had paid a holding deposit (a troublingly common practice in the market).

Here are twelve things tenants can do to protect their rights, which helped me succeed in my legal claim against my landlord.

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Cabinet split over tenancy reform

On Wednesday, the Sun reported that 10 Downing Street and the Treasury are blocking moves to legislate for longer tenancies.

Although the recently closed consultation left open the question of making the new tenancy mandatory or voluntary, the same newspaper had previously reported that the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, wanted all tenants to get it.

That sets up a big internal government battle over tenants' rights as the Conservative Party worries more and more about winning over younger voters. 

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