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 2015-10-06 19:33:02 +0100
    No arguments from me there Doreen.

    On a different note this has just been flagged up to me by a friend. Well worth reading. http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2015/09/23/why-rent-controls-do-not-work/
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:23:28 +0100
    Let us not confuse “council” housing with “social” housing. Local Councils build council houses. Social housing is provided by Social Housing groups. The earliest on record re “social” housing was the Peabody Trust. Peabody was a wealthy American and a friend of Charles Dickens. On a visit to London he was appalled at the dreadful conditions Londoners were living in and set up a “Trust” to build sound, decent homes for the people of London. His “trust” providing decent homes still continues today. There are many other Housing Associations today which provide decent living accommodation for many at affordable rents. The government, I believe, has no right to demand they “sell off” their stock. After, all providing decent affordable homes is what they exist for.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:20:25 +0100
    I think you’re completely right Doreen. Council houses should not be sold off and if they are they most certainly shouldn’t be with obscene discounts. I’m afraid you’re right that they may well end up with private landlords, well that would have potentially been the case without this limitation on mortgage interest relief. However where we will disagree to a small extent is to the depth of youngsters not being able to afford a house. Most definitely the case with many and actually I didn’t buy my first one till I was nearly 30, BUT many youngsters want the latest iphone, cars, tablets, and all the other trinkets of the modern world. I didn’t have any of those and boy did I save. That is not what most of the youngsters do now, instead they blow their money on all these things and foreign holidays. If youngsters saved more they’d be surprised just what they could afford.
  • commented 2015-10-06 19:03:20 +0100
    My parents’ generation were “renters”. Albeit they were lucky to have a great “council owned” property. My generation were the ones who “owned” their homes. Today, we have gone back to the 40s and more people are having to rent. There are good landlords and some not so good. Buying “to let” is a growth market. To equal up the market there should be more “council” and “social” houses built. Affordable rents and sound landlords. Sadly, much of the “council” stock was sold off in the 80/90s and today it appears that even “social” housing will be sold off. Many of these hands will end up in the hands of private landlords.
  • commented 2015-10-06 18:58:25 +0100
    As Stephen Tunney said Foxwatcher, you crave for Utopia. However I agree that social housing should be provided by the State, but alas it isn’t. The State haven’t put any real effort into building for the last 30 years so where would you have all these men, women and children live??? I only have one HB tenant and she’s not my best by any means, but it seems you’ll be pleased to know that she’ll be the first to go, along with her children. Gosh that must make you happy! As for taking homes from first time buyers there has been no study of this done by anyone so prove what you say has any real value. Certainly I have purchased no houses a FTB would want as they’re all too large and some were on the market for literally years. I bought when others would not and I’ve made properties fit for habitation again. Instead of jealousy clouding your judgement actually talk with real-life landlords that have given people somewhere to live that would otherwise have none and on low rents too. Now the days of low rents will go. Also you bang on about us owning houses that the State should own. Let’s go the whole hog then, let’s have the State own our food shops too, after all it’s another basic human need. Let’s have them own M&S, TopShop and all the other clothes retailers as well as clothes are another basic human need. Let’s build that Utopia Foxwatcher! Let’s join George O as the builders of the nation! Oh sorry, this is the real world isn’t it.
  • commented 2015-10-06 17:49:58 +0100
    Private landlords need to think of someone other than themselves and their fat bank accounts. There is indeed a place for rental accommodation for many good reasons. But these should be owned by properly regulated Housing Associations, local councils, universities or similar responsible organisations, so that profits, both from rental income and from capital appreciation are used for the good of these organisations. They should not be owned by private individuals getting tax breaks on mortgage interest, repairs, profits and all the rest, borrowing obscene amounts of money with little or no checks such as those now faced by owner occupiers and buying up all the cheaper properties which would otherwise be targets for first time owner occupier buyers. Because of this, those who desperately want to buy but cannot because of you parasites, have to rent, as well as those who choose to do so for perfectly valid reasons. This is not about good or bad landlords, it’s about removing the aspiration to buy from a whole generation who want to do so. Do you have consciences?

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MPs debate letting fee ban

The ban on letting fees is currently the government's flagship policy to help renters, and we're currently waiting for a draft bill to be published, which follows a consultation that we and hundreds of our supporters responded to.

In the meantime, MPs gave us a taste of how the legislation will proceed in Parliament yesterday morning by debating the subject for the first time since last year's Autumn Statement.

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London Housing - a new opportunity to push for greater security

Delayed from August, this week saw the publication of the London Mayor's draft housing strategy, which is now open for consultation for three months.

Covering all housing policy from leasehold reform to tackling street homelessness, the strategy also has a specific section devoted to the private rented sector. With a quarter of London's children in the private rented sector, and millions of renters living in poverty, we all know how urgently action is needed.

We'll be coming back to parts of the strategy in the coming weeks, but here we just focus on the main headlines for renters.

The strategy builds on the Mayor's manifest commitment and previous public statements, and although the Mayor lacks the powers to fundamentally transform London's PRS, there are nonetheless some steps forward and potential to go further.

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The Other Waitrose Effect - the hidden costs of gentrification

Is a new Waitrose in your neighbourhood a cause for excitement, or a troubling omen for your future in the area? 

A new study reveals that the high-end supermarket is linked with rising evictions of private tenants in areas they open up in.

The analysis, conducted by Oxford University academic David Adler for Generation Rent, found that the arrival of a new store was associated with an increase in the number of evictions of between 25% and 50%.

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Great cheese selection, but will you be around to enjoy it?

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Giving people the right to a safe home

This week saw the introduction of Karen Buck MP's Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, a private member's bill which will now have its second reading in parliament on Friday 19 January 2018.

The bill seeks to update the law requiring rented homes to be presented and maintained in a state fit for human habitation - updated because the current law only requires this of homes with a rent of up to £80 per year in London, and £52 elsewhere!

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National study finds tenants optimistic but rental market oppressive

Every year the government runs the English Housing Survey. General findings are published in February, then, to the delight of housing geeks, the juicy detail on the different subsections of the market arrives in July. We've taken a look at the findings for 2015-16, published last week.

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Queen's Speech 2017: are you listening Westminster?

Before today's Queen's Speech, which set out the government's parliamentary programme for the next two years, there were two theories about how housing and private renting might feature, and what kind of prominence it would be given.

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If London housebuilding is reliant on overseas investment, where do we go from here?

Commissioned in Autumn 2016, the final report of the London Mayor’s investigation into the role of overseas investment in housing was published last week – but its findings can be read in very different ways.

Based on research by the LSE, its major conclusion and argument is that off-plan and pre-sales to the overseas market are integral to the current development model in London – and therefore also key to leveraging more affordable housing through section 106 agreements on those sites. 

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Renters vote - and cause another political upset

The results are in, and the UK's voters have delivered yet another shock.

The dust still has to settle but one thing is already apparent: the votes of renters had an impact yesterday. Twenty of the 32 seats that the Conservatives lost to Labour and the Liberal Democrats had more renters than average. Back at the 2011 census, those 32 seats had an average private renter population of 19% - it was 16% in the country as a whole.

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The choice tomorrow

We haven't been posting much on here for the past few weeks as we have joined forces with ACORN on #RentersVote for the duration of the election. 

There we have analysed each of the 5 UK-wide parties' manifestos and pulled it all together into one big graphic, so you can see what we made of their housing commitments side-by-side.

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Save £404 when you move after fees ban

Tomorrow is the final chance to respond to the government's consultation on their proposals to ban letting fees.

Ahead of this we have published our latest research from lettingfees.co.uk, which features in today's Times (£), Guardian and i. We have also published an update to last year's report.

Our main findings are that the government's proposals will save the average tenants £404 when they move, and an average £117 every 6 or 12 months to renew the tenancy.

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