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 2015-10-07 15:08:04 +0100
    James, R, I accept the apology about the mistaken post. Don’t you just love technology?! However, I don’t accept obscenity or being called a liar, and this is why I’m not carrying on past this post. My points are valid. You all need to understand the harm you are doing to an innocent generation, largely for your own selfish benefit. Good afternoon, finally.
  • commented 2015-10-07 15:01:55 +0100
    I accept all that Stephen including the reference to slanging match. I want people like Foxwatcher to just open their minds and look at the facts, there is no call for some of the less savoury remarks made. Nevertheless I challenge Generation Rent to show the example I sent on their site so that people such as FW can see they are misguided in terms of their understanding of returns on investments and so forth. Alas GR will almost certainly not do this as it undermines the message they’ve been putting out there for years. They have campaigned for the limiting of mortgage interest relief and the result will be catastrophic for families and individuals in the private rented sector. Rents will escalate significantly but many landlords will exit altogether or sell the properties that cannot take rent increases (particularly the tenants on housing benefits). In my extended example I showed an argument to say that it could be as many as 2.4 million people (though the example was taken from someone else). I personally believe that the very smallest number of displaced people will be in excess of 200,000 people. This is a dreadful situation. FW may well think this is a good thing because he will likely argue that it will cause house prices to fall to the level that FTB’s can buy at, but it is simply not the case for 3 reasons: 1. The tenant FTB’s will be paying higher rents and therefore have to save much longer for a deposit. 2. Lenders will not lend readily if house prices are dropping so FTB’s may need to put in a much larger deposit. 3. Any extra tax on a sector or product will have a knock-on effect. Much like if diesel escalates in price then people buying a car will look more favourably towards a petrol vehicle, the result is that manufacturers will sense greater demand and increase the price for them. The same will, in time, follow on with houses because of the tax change. It just adds pressure on house price inflation and to some extent or other will help to boost them. The only winner here lives at No 11 Downing Street and it seems he doesn’t care a jot for the tenants to be evicted, especially after many of them will already be hit with the changes to tax credits.
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:57:28 +0100
    Foxwatcher – please disregard my last post as my phone seems to have re-posted an earlier message. Apologies.

    What I actually intended to post this time was that I opened up to you honestly and with reasoned explanation yet THAT was your last answer? Seriously?? Surely you can see the points we are making and the people we are serving??
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:56:21 +0100
    Stephen, you are also clearly not understanding my main issue. This is that BTL landlords take properties from a whole generation of prospective FTBs. Our future. I’m not talking here about rental charges, nor good or bad landlords. And I don’t disagree with some of the views you state, but that’s not the issue I want to talk about. The fact that no-one stays on topic here tells its own story.
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:53:25 +0100
    Rugmuncher. I notice you make no attempt whatsoever to back up your points from a credible source nor to explain why my points are invalid. Just to be clear, you’ve made assumptions about a complete stranger that are wholly incorrect, based on your own embittered prejudice, and you think professionals who want a quality short-term rent should go down the council?? Classic. Apparently, you are allowed to have savings and a pension but I’m not? (That’s a bit dictatorial for a caring and sympathetic lefty, isn’t it?). And my cheap rents and beautiful houses that people love are a blight on people who DONT WANT to buy? Why do you suppose – if you can think this through – that people have left my properties for council houses only to ask me if they can come back?? Yes, you’re definitely a credible person worthy of hearing more from. Do demonstrate further which village is missing it’s idiot.
  • commented 2015-10-07 14:48:46 +0100
    James M, I have a problem with you calling me a liar. I am not an Estate Agent or a Landlord, and the story of 17 BTL viewers and 1 FTB is true. James R, I have an issue with obscenities. If you don’t like what I say, use reasoned argument, not hysteria and name calling. I hope the financial issues you both say you face cause you to regret your greed, and that your innocent tenants, who you have been threatening all through showing your true colours, come out of this with caring landlords and better properties. Good day, gents. Enjoy your ill gotten gains. Not.

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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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Getting the best from Newham's renewed landlord licensing scheme

This week those campaigning for a better private rented sector received an early Christmas present with the announcement that the Communities Secretary had approved the majority of Newham's proposal for a renewed borough-wide landlord licensing scheme.

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Autumn Budget - an anticlimax for renters

The big news in today's Budget was the abolition of stamp duty for most first-time buyers. 

From today if you buy your first home you'll pay nothing to the government on the first £300,000 (unless it costs more than £500,000 and you need to be super-rich before you're in that territory).

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Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers.

Far less attention, however, is given to the vast numbers of renters who are already too old to get a mortgage and face a lifetime of renting instead. As more of them reach retirement age, the state will start paying more of their rent, and faces enormous costs unless it makes some fundamental changes to the housing market. Because politicians only operate with 5-year horizons, few are fretting about the implications of lifetime renting.

But we are, and today we publish a report co-authored with David Adler of Oxford University: Life in the Rental Market.

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