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.pngEncourage private renters to set up local groups in their own areas
  • hwh-4.pngWork with affiliates towards achieving the aims of Generation Rent
  • commented 2017-05-01 17:41:31 +0100
    I am a private renter. I paid a deposit and when I asked back for it, I was told that I need to pay more than 70 % of the deposit for redecoration and cleaning etc. This is a scam from estate agents to rip off renters from their deposits. I lived in the flat for 1 year and three months never made any holes and kept the flat clean and returned it back in the same condition. We should fight against this injustice. Our deposits our hard earned money that we need to put up for another house and some unscrupulous estate agents are taking off that heard earned none from us. What a shame.
  • commented 2017-02-16 11:35:22 +0000
    What if a strike was organised and every renter in London committed to not paying rent for one month?
    What if it was this May, as a message to Theresa May?
    It could be called #Maybenot

    The potential outcome?:

    - As a collective that can strike, private renters can create uncertainty in London’s housing market as a reliable investment vehicle. House prices will drop.
    - It would kill the buy to let market. BTL yields are so low (approx. 3%) that with one month’s loss of rental income, mortgaged landlords would make a loss.
    - Landlords can’t evict 898000 privately rented households- there are only so many bailiffs (UK Government figures for London as of Feb 2016: 898000 Privately rented households, 883000 Owner Occupied. Source: http://www.citylab.com/housing/2016/02/londons-renters-now-outnumber-homeowners/470946/).
    - This worked for students last year- why not for everyone else? https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/17/uk-university-students-rent-strike-rising-cost-accommodation

    Extortionate rents, that private renters pay every month- is what is keeping the whole thing alive.
    As private renters, the only protest that strikes at the heart of the whole greedy, corrupted London housing market is to withhold rent.
    Renters could then save the £1500pm rent towards their own deposit.

    What if?
  • commented 2016-12-10 12:39:15 +0000
    Hello, I heard your proposed solutions to the rent market crisis i.e. That more houses need to be built and I disagree. I think the biggest issue is letting agencies being greedy and inflating the prices for no reason, without carrying out repairs or improvements to the flats. We see it all the time in Edinburgh, it’s happened to us twice in a row: we have lived in flats with no heating, damp and shabby furniture and as we move out, the let goes up by 50£ per months while no improvements are made to the flats and the furniture and absence of heating just become more dated and unacceptable. Agencies are all helping each other push prices beyond what people can afford in cities which forces young families out.
  • commented 2016-09-01 21:26:36 +0100
  • commented 2016-08-24 12:11:14 +0100
    Hi!
    I am interested in setting up a Renter’s Union in Manchester and wanted to connect with any local groups to talk about how I could create something that would work with (not overlap with) Generation Rent. I would also like to speak to someone about why a city wide/region Renter’s Union hasn’t been set up before.

    Kind regards

    Laurence
  • commented 2016-08-16 11:25:35 +0100
    Dear Generation Rent,
    I am a mother with a son in his late twenties who lives in London. He has been ripped off by agents, had to rent some appalling places, and unless I die soon has no chance of buying a place of his own. I am suggesting that you have a ‘old people in support of Generation Rent’ section. There are many older people who, like me, are very worried about the future for their children and who would be prepared to help, march and do whatever to get politicians to start taking this problem seriously.
    Sincerely
    C. A. Read

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MPs vote to ban fees

The Tenant Fees Bill had its second reading in Parliament on Monday evening, where it was debated at length by MPs before being passed unanimously through to committee stage. All the issues that we’ve raised as a concern – default fees, the deposit cap, enforcement of the ban on letting fees – were brought up by MPs in the course of the debate. 

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What is Section 21 and why does it need to be scrapped?

Landlords can remove tenants without giving a reason. That’s unfair and it needs to change.

Most of England’s 11 million renters are on contracts with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants with just two months’ notice – and without even giving them a reason. These ‘no fault evictions’ were introduced under section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act. Before this, private tenants had much greater security and it was much harder for landlords to evict tenants who paid the rent on time and looked after the property. The government has finally decided to consult on ways of improving renter security, but - while there are some promising aspects to their proposals - they suggest that no-fault evictions will remain. Generation Rent, the New Economics Foundation, ACORN and the London Renters Union are launching a campaign to abolish section 21.

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New staff join the Generation Rent team

We're pleased to announce some big news at Generation Rent - with the award of three new grants, our campaign's future has been secured for the next three years and we have been able to expand the team with two new members of staff.

We also have three new board members, including a new chair, Ian Mulheirn.

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Letting fees ban moves closer - but loophole remains

Good news for hard-pressed private renters facing rip off fees from letting agents.

The Government has introduced the Tenant Fees Bill into Parliament, which aims to ban the fees commonly charged by letting agents for new tenancy agreements. This is part of the Government’s promise to make private renting cheaper and fairer and it’s a much-needed piece of legislation, especially as a quarter of us in the UK will rent privately by 2021.

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Cross-party groups give their verdicts on renting

This week we’ve had two reports from the political mainstream calling for a better deal for renters. They add to the pressure we’ve been putting on the government to improve tenant security – and though we contributed to both, they don’t quite go as far as we’d like.

The first was from the Resolution Foundation, a think tank chaired by Conservative peer David Willetts and run by Torsten Bell, previously adviser to former Labour leader Ed Miliband. 

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Government launches secret landlord blacklist

Landlords get to ask tenants for a reference, but there's no way we can check what a prospective landlord is like. That's why we've long been calling for a central database that names and shames criminal landlords.

From today we've got one. But there's a catch: only local councils can access it.

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Fees ban concerns remain as Bill completes first stage

The Commons Housing Committee has published its report on the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill today, making recommendations to the government for when it formally introduces the Bill to Parliament. 

Generation Rent, along with charities, landlord groups, local councils and other industry organisations, gave evidence to the inquiry earlier in the year. There were positive outcomes on rents and deposits, but more work is needed to make sure the ban covers all fees - and that it's enforced properly.

Here's a summary of what we asked for - and what we got.

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Making deposits work for tenants

One reason the housing market is so stacked against renters is the high cost of taking our business elsewhere, so one of the ways we can make renters more powerful is to make moving house easier.

As our research site lettingfees.co.uk discovered, a typical household could save £404 when they move once the letting fees ban comes in. But a bigger cost - in the short term at least - is the damage deposit worth up to six weeks' rent.

We estimate that 86% of renters get most or all of their deposit back, but only after they've already moved into a new home, so achieving that involves raiding their savings, or borrowing money. 

That's why today we're calling on the government to start allowing renters to transfer part of their deposit to a new home once they've paid the final month's rent.  

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Planned shake-up of rental market complaints system

Last October, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities (and now Housing) said that he wanted to start requiring landlords to join a redress scheme if they did not already use a letting agent. 

The government is now consulting on plans for this. The good news is it is considering doing away with the three different schemes tenants have to navigate when they have a complaint at the moment.

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Rented London: How local authorities can support private renters

Local council elections are taking place in London in a few months. And just like the 2016 Mayoral race, these contests will be dominated by the city's housing crisis. From Haringey to Kensington and Chelsea, Londoners are looking for secure and affordable homes, and asking their councils to respond.

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