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
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  • commented 2016-02-07 13:25:26 +0000
    James, I do read blogs and other reference material. Some of them before you’ve been kind enough to direct me to them, and I’m a fast reader. Generally, they contain selective propaganda to justify a particular viewpoint, and I’m afraid you are a prime example of this. Try putting your logical head on rather than your greedy one and you’ll see I have a point. As you say, there are many other integrated issues to this particular problem, immigration being one prime candidate and developer greed another. I reiterate, I don’t propose to comment on those here, this site is purely about landlords and renting
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:14:00 +0000
    Here’s another link, from someone in the same situation as me. Note that we are not the same person. His tenants are aware how ridiculously unfair the tax attack is. Please do read it FW. You need to understand that Osborne knows this will happen, it’s part of the plan.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:10:42 +0000
    You clearly have not read that blog post FW. The reason that so many new-builds are sold to landlords is that they stump up the deposits well in advance of completion, often before the builders break ground. If you want to go along and do that then the developer will be keen to take your cash. So go do it! However the issue is that you will be highly unlikely to have a mortgage in place so you are a risk. The developer wants to build houses and he needs the deposits to give him cashflow, so he has a dilemma. Will he take your deposit knowing that you may not be able to complete? Well possibly, go try it.

    Interesting that you think, in essence there should be no private investment, which would take us back to the 80s and where we started struggling to build houses. You do understand that’s what your suggesting don’t you.

    And of course the builders would not be happy at all, nor would any shareholders they may have and nor would all the other aspiring home buyers that see output spiral downwards.

    I would be the first to agree that we need more social housing but again if you look at the output graphs on that, the rot started 30 years ago. But you want all landlords to be social ones that will offer some sort show homes it would seem, and with extraordinary levels of service. I can promise you that is not what they do in housing associations and nor will the big rental villages that are on the cards. They’re companies that just want to maximise profits, and that is what their shareholders want.

    So are you also proposing that supermarkets and clothes shops are all run by the Government too? After all they’re basic human needs?

    FW, I’ve tried to help you understand the issue is much bigger than you buying a house by directing you to informative links, but you’re clearly not reading them. Unless you do and can produce proper cohesive arguments then you do nothing for your cause. Offering your Utopian world might be something you want to get to one day but it’s not a plan to solve the housing crisis or house all our immigrants that cannot get mortgages. Many more of them will probably be headed for our shores soon, so with the attack on the PRS where will they live? Those landlords that will likely be selling up are the ones that house HB tenants. Indeed I know landlords that are being approached by councils to take refugees and they’re saying NO. What is your instant solution because that is what is needed, not something that might be achievable in 20 or 30 years.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:06:12 +0000
    I’ve posted previously here about what happened to my daughter and her partner renting from a private buy-to-let landlord. As a model tenant of 5 years – a fact acknowledged by the landlord – she had paid her rent on time every month without default, kept the property in good condition and was a part of a small village community. Feeling settled and happy she looked forward to starting a family. While pregnant, however, she received a notice for possession from the landlord. Her landlord then lied to the council saying that he was living in the house my daughter had lived in for 5 years. The local council advised my daughter and her partner to stay put in the property and not to leave until the landlord had obtained a court order. She had no option because she had nowhere else to go. The landlord then gave false information to the court in order to speed up the eviction. The stress of all this took its toll on my daughter’s health. She was then advised she would qualify for a house owned by a housing association in their area only because she was pregnant. The landlord then sold the property to an estate agent for a handsome profit.
  • commented 2016-02-07 13:00:28 +0000
    James M, your excitement is overcoming your common sense. I suggest you look back and remain yourself of exactly what I’ve said in past posts. As far as the example of “one particular day” goes, how many do you want? And as for “sponging off Mummy and Daddy”, surely that is preferable to lining the pocket of some avaricious speculator who cares only for themself? And by the way, I DO know who Mark Carney is. I’m surprised you seem to know a few details about Rachman, but I guess these days, there’s all sorts of info readily available on the Web…
  • commented 2016-02-07 12:49:02 +0000
    It’s pretty simple, James, if you take a view without any personal gain issues. Rental properties are essential for the reason you suggest and many more. But they should be owned and managed by a non-profit making entity who puts ALL profits into building further housing, thus keeping the building trade going. Let’s call them the local council, but housing associations, charities, universities and governmental organisations will also fit, along with many other suchorganisations. I appreciate that you and other private landlords say that Councils etc. are poor in some respects. I’m not arguing with this, but there are also very poor private landlords, I’m sure you’ll agree. There should be an empowered regulatory body, with teeth, in place to ensure that all landlords play fair.That’ll take time to set up, sure, but it will be FAIR and all profits will then go to improving the housing situation countrywide, not lining private individuals’ pockets/retirement plans. (Contact Messrs. G. Brown and T. Blair if you have issues with pension plan performance – I notice the Blair property portfolio is coming along nicely).

    As to buy to let landlords buying all new builds, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. As an example, there is another new development going up in my area now. I registered an interest as a potential buyer, and asked the developer whether there would be any for owner occupiers, or if they were going to the buy to let market. They told me they expected most/all to go to private landlords. This is not the first time that’s happened, and in many different areas. Most potential first time buyers would be only too happy to wait as long as it took to get their own bricks and mortar. If developers were not allowed to sell off plan (another argument for a different forum), predatory landlords would not have the time to wait, especially as many of them need to regularly increase their debt to service their empires. So you own argument in that field defeats you.

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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 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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First-time buyers taking out longer loans to escape the rental sector

The latest English Housing Survey report is out today with the highlights of their findings for 2016-17. 

The private rented sector has continued to grow. The population now stands at 4.7m households, with 27% of families renting from a private landlord.

It is once again the largest tenure in London (if you separate outright and mortgaged ownership), and its doubling outside the capital in the past decade illustrates the national impact the housing crisis has had.


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Homes fit for humans one step closer

Third time was the charm for efforts to revive the right of renters to sue their landlord for safety failures.

Karen Buck's Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill was talked out in 2015, then a Labour amendment to the Housing Bill in 2016 was defeated. But today, after winning the support of more than 100 MPs who attended the Second Reading debate, the Bill passed unanimously and is a step closer to being law. 

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Fitness for Human Habitation: Another milestone in the long road to a decent private rented sector

In another sign of the growing importance of the renters' movement in the UK, government announced over the weekend that it would be supporting measured outlined in Karen Buck MP's upcoming private member's bill, which would allow private and social tenants to take legal action against their landlord where their home is not deemed 'fit for human habitation'.

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The return of 'fitness for human habitation' - will MPs finally give us this protection?

In ten days time, parliament breaks for the Christmas recess.

When they return in January, they will have an opportunity to support a simple change in law that would provide better protections for renters.

The question is, given that they have missed this opportunity before - will parliament do the right thing this time?

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