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

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  • 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 2018-07-17 14:32:38 +0100
    Thanks Lin, It is interesting that every property that was rented out would not pass an electrical safety standard, so therefore 100% of the properties were unsafe,
  • commented 2018-07-17 13:56:03 +0100
    I was working as a secretary so I can t be that specific, and I m not sure without proper inspections how they would have been assessed. All I can say is that until recently none of the properties would have passed an energy performance certificate as it stands today, nor would any of the have passed current electrical safety standards, no gas safety certificates were in place either. sorry I can t be more specific, I can only speak from my own experience.
  • commented 2018-07-17 13:43:13 +0100
    In responce to Lins comment, you have worked for 16 years in a letting agency, can you confirm that 30% of all the homes rented by this company were non-decent and 10% were physically unsafe as per the statement on this website.
  • commented 2018-07-17 08:59:09 +0100
    In response to Andy s comment I have worked for 16 years in a letting agents office and in my experience and having rented a cottage in a rural area I can safely say that some of the properties had hardly any maintenance done on them and the tenants were afraid to complain because of the fear of the rent going up. My friend lived in one of these cottages for 30 years and was a good and loyal tenant, never defaulting with her rent and looking after the cottage as best she could. During that time on one occasion her two ten and twelve year old daughters had to put their wellies on when using the kitchen taps so that they didn’t get an electric buzz off the taps as for quite a few years the property wasn’t earthed properly and there were no checks done on either the wiring or the wood burner. There were ancient storage heaters there which my friend bought herself when she moved in. She froze in the winter, as the property was so badly insulated that she couldn’t afford the heating bills, the old fashioned leaded light windows were actually bowing outwards and one of the upstairs windows was hanging on by one hinge. The answer when the new letting agent took over? As the property had fallen into such a neglected state (Landlord neglect) Serve a section 21 eviction notice on her, which devastated her as there was simply nowhere else she could move to that she could afford on a single pension. A lifelong asthmatic, during the winter months her lounge walls would be running wet. Thankfully with my help she got on the council waiting list and after a year of harassment and bullying from the owners solicitors, she obtained a social housing bungalow but even then was at the top of a list of 73 other people who had bid on it. Even after she had moved, the new Letting Agent (who I don t work for) tried to get a further five days rent from her as they said she moved five days early, but that was because the property was so cold she could no longer tolerate it and was in danger of becoming very ill, she is 69. That is just one story, the stress of living in a very poorly maintained property and living in fear of complaining is off the chart and then to receive a notice to quit on top it’s amazing no one has died in the older age group. In recent times Landlords are required to make sure that their properties are safer with new legislation, and that is a great improvement, but it still doesn’t help poorer tenants because as a result of having to let out safer properties it’s now a great excuse to hike the rents up which simply prices a great chunk of people out of the market.
  • commented 2018-07-17 08:25:27 +0100
    Please can you provide the data to back up this claim -

    Three in ten privately rented homes are considered “non-decent” and one in six are physically unsafe.
  • commented 2018-06-21 13:54:43 +0100
    The thing is that even three months notice is still very stressful and an extra month won t be time to save when you re paying up to £1000 per month and then have to pay anything up to another £1000 or more in Letting Agent fees to find somewhere else to live. The problem is much much more complicated than that. The whole system needs to be looked at, more secure tenancies are needed, with maybe an arbitrary body in place when it comes to regaining possession. It’s so difficult to just find somewhere else to live if you re on a limited income, that’s why it’s so stressful when a section 21 is served. For a single person, or a retired person on a fixed income or indeed anyone, there is simply nowhere to go! In addition prospective tenants have to undergo an affordability check to see if they can afford the rent. Either the minimum wage needs to be increased or rents need to come down or be capped so that instead of only people s wages being looked at, rents should also be more in line with what people can afford. And all of that is not even taking into account the shambles that is universal credit where you simply don t receive any money for at least 8 weeks. Because of this Landlords won t take people in receipt of benefits. If wages and the cost of living were more aligned with each other there would be a greatly reduced need to claim help.

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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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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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