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 2018-05-11 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.
  • commented 2018-03-27 16:27:03 +0100
    our story is long and complicated. In fact everyone we turn to says that its so complicated that they don’t know what to advise.18 Months ago the owner of the mobile home site we lease a pitch on told us that the site was illegal, that the local authority had called and told her to get planning and licence or she would have to clear the site. There were 20 homes here at that point. She decided to get planning etc. Only 13 of the homes had been here for over 10 years and as she was going for a certificate of lawfulness she told 7 residents to leave. We had 18 months of hell, no real information, endless misinformation but finally in Oct 2017 we thought we could relax again. The paperwork was in place though there was much work to be done on site to meet with compliances attached to the site licence. Then it hit the fan, the site owner and her family realised that residents could have the protection of the Mobile Home Act 1989. They were beside themselves with anger. However we thought we would be OK in the end. After all we were now a protected site and the law said everyone on such a site had rights. Instead the owners found a solicitor who told them that a little know high court ruling could deny us rights. The Murphy v Wyatt case, this was used at a first tier property tribunal and although the judges agreed with my argument that our case bore little resemblance to the this case they could not get past one point of law. That was the inception of our (verbal) agreements came before the planning and site licence. We have all been served with eviction notices now. We seem to have nowhere to turn. Despite promises by the owner that we would have pitch agreements, homes for life, despite the fact some people have spent thousands because the owner told them they would be secure it looks like we will all have to leave. My appeal on grounds of promissory estoppel was also rejected by the property tribunal and though some other residents may have stronger cases for promissory estoppel most feel to worn down or just do not have the money to fight a case. So a person who has broken the law for 30 years, during which time the local authority called but did not follow up, gets away with everything and we are about to become homeless. I was told by a council official that the situation was ignored over the years because it was just to messy to deal with, they just “put it back in the box” We get the feeling they everyone just wished they could do the same with us.
  • commented 2018-03-05 14:24:34 +0000
    Wish this organisation all success. Little help from government, there help to buy to rent statue was open ended and to be in line with affordable housing should have had legal conditions on rent /upgrading cost Anna residue value of property in the conditions.
    As to Monday’s prime minister statem. NO itimeline NO plan, NOBODY in charge.
    Wait again
  • commented 2018-02-15 19:39:52 +0000
    My boyfriend and I are some of the latest victims of a Revenge Eviction. We have searched high and low for help but there is none! I would love to speak to you…. in our case it is not a cheap, run down property but a quite expensive property which came with huge problems, considered by the agency the House of Horrors, by the lady who did the inventory not fit to be rented out, still as we were finally starting to settle down instead of compensation we received the Section 21. I would love to speak to you…. I have sent letters to everybody I could think of, met with politicians, organizations, all doors closed. Feeling desperate! Regards, Francisca Rigaud

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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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Public backs better security for renters

As the consultation period on the government's proposals for longer tenancies draws to a close - the deadline to respond is this Sunday - we are handing in our End Unfair Evictions petition to the Ministry of Housing today. It passed 50,000 signatures on Tuesday, helped along by #VentYourRent.

And if that wasn't enough to make the government pay attention, new polling from Survation finds that our demands have the backing of the wider public, including Conservative voters.

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No-fault evictions drive up homelessness

Section 21 is the leading cause of statutory homelessness. This law allows evictions with no reason needed, and this is one more reason why we should scrap it.

To some extent, this is stating the bleeding obvious. Since 2012, the end of a private tenancy has been the leading cause of homelessness cases accepted by local authorities, but until now no one has specifically pointed the finger at Section 21. Today, we've been able to demonstrate it.

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Source: Ministry of Housing

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