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 2016-02-07 08:25:53 +0000
    That’s the best you can do then. No facts, no figures, no reasoned argument. Everyone is against you aren’t they FW? The world owes you a living and isn’t giving you one. Wake up and actually understand the problem and what is going on and for your owns sake stop your bleating.

    There is a housing shortage and the only way to address it is to build more houses. We have had an incredible upsurge in population in the last 15 years and at the same time have been building less than ever (excluding the war). Most of that upsurge is due to immigration. You’ve been presented with facts and figures in that article on Say No To George and all you can do is dismiss them.

    Then you are presented with more facts and figures about how many people could be displaced and you just turn it into more moaning and vile without offering anything substantial. You’re one of these people that like to moan but never present solutions.

    Government is not trying to level the playing field. Please don’t tell me you really believe that. If you do then you are seriously deluded. Osborne is getting money into the coffers any way he can. He’s selling off the UK’s assets as quickly as he can manage, he’s mucking around with pensions, he’s tried (unsuccessfully) to hit the poorest people in society with his tax credit cuts. Any you really think he cares if you can buy a house or not? Really?? You’re crazy.

    So where’s his house building plan then? Come on show me. They glibly come up with statements about building 400k new houses over 5 years with no plan. Good grief it isn’t even keeping pace with the increasing demand, let alone sort out the backlog. I bet you’ve got pictures of him all over your bedroom wall because he’s your little hero. If you’re really putting your hopes on him then you’re going to be even more bitter and twisted in a few years time. What do you think he meant when he said that landlords have time to adjust (when announcing the tax change)? He meant evict or put rents up. All the extra rent will be taken in tax and go to him, do you understand that, or do you think your hero wouldn’t do that to you? He knows that will happen because it happened in Ireland and he DOESN’T CARE! He just wants the money in the Government coffers.

    Stop thinking about yourself and go and read the articles properly.
  • commented 2016-02-06 21:48:20 +0000
    I read it very simply, James. The Government is belatedly trying to make it a fairer playing field. Greedy private landlords are alarmed at losing easy pickings and huge capital gains, and are trying to offload as much of the increased costs as possible onto their long suffering and helpless tenants, who STILL can’t afford to buy their own properties to live in, let alone to extort money from. You’re the one who reads these things with your own warped interpretation.
  • commented 2016-02-06 19:15:58 +0000
    You still don’t get it do you FW? This attack on landlords will hurt tenants a whole lot more. Rents are already increasing, as they did in Ireland when a milder form of this mortgage interest limitation was tried. There with only a 75% relief limitation they went up almost 50%. Your bitterness blinds you. I have never said anything about altruism, that’s your take on things. What I have said is that I keep my rents low and that has been true but I too have started putting them up. My tenants have all accepted the increases because they understand why it’s happening and they’ve never had an increase anyway. Some of them have been with me many years. One tenant has even volunteered an increase without me mentioning it to him. I take it you didn’t read the article on the Say No To George site or you may better understand why there is a housing crisis, why the private rented sector has actually helped to relieve pressure on prices and how it isn’t that hard to put a plan together for the only thing that will help – i.e building houses! You just want to moan and gripe about your lot without making any attempt to understand the situation. Let’s see if you can be bothered to read this and understand the misery Clause 24 may cause
  • commented 2016-02-06 13:40:48 +0000
    My previous post was not aimed at James personally, but at all private landlords with the same viewpoint…
  • commented 2016-02-06 12:56:51 +0000
    What’s the matter, James? Worried you may lose a few pounds income, and get a nasty little tax bill when you sell? Get a proper job, give your property portfolio to charity if you still argue that you’re in it purely for altruism, do some work for a living and stop ripping off the younger generation
  • commented 2016-02-05 18:59:10 +0000

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A victory on tenant security, but the campaign continues

After reports in the Sunday papers, late yesterday afternoon the Ministry of Housing published its long-awaited consultation paper on "Overcoming Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector".

It allows us a moment to celebrate the first success of the End Unfair Evictions campaign: an acceptance by the government that private tenancy law is failing England's tenants - just as our petition passes 40,000 signatures

Leaving the detail of the policy to one side for now, it is significantly the first time the government has considered a change to tenancy law. Up to now ministers have been talking of merely "encouraging" landlords to offer better terms - while most landlords might do this, a lot of tenants would get no benefit. We have been arguing that we need full reform and, while incentives are still an option, mandatory reform is now on the table.

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Protection from revenge evictions a postcode lottery

This week we launched the End Unfair Evictions coalition with ACORNLondon Renters Union, and New Economics Foundation. We're calling for an end to Section 21, which allows landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason. 

One reason we're doing is that existing protections are not working in practice.

Back in 2014/15, we fought a hard campaign alongside Shelter, GMB Young London and others to give tenants basic protection from eviction when they complained about their landlord. 

The resulting measures in the Deregulation Act 2015 stopped landlords from serving a Section 21 eviction notice to tenants if the council had found hazards in the property and served an appropriate improvement notice on the owner. This protection lasted for 6 months and was meant to give tenants more confidence in getting their landlord to fix health and safety problems, because the landlord can no longer simply retaliate by kicking them out.

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New mayoral strategy develops plans for London's private renters

Two million tenants in London will welcome the fact that getting a fairer deal for private renters is one of the Mayor of London’s five priorities for housing in the London Housing Strategy, which was published at the end of May. Given that Sadiq Khan’s housing powers are highly limited, what is his strategy promising to private renters in London?

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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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