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 2015-10-07 13:47:12 +0100
    I’d laugh if the matter was less important. You want to explain numbers, go ahead in full view of all. They’ll be as fictional as your ever feeble justifications which may pass muster in Jamesworld with its two inhabitants, but doesn’t cut it with rational, reasonable people who don’t shaft others to get what they couldn’t otherwise aspire to. I note that you continue to skirt round the main issue I’m making. Pathetic and selfish. As I’d expect. And as for whether or not I was the 18th viewer – that’s my business which I’m not talking about on this site. But I do promise you the information and facts are true. If that indicates to you that you’re buying in the wrong part of the country, I’m very pleased!
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:19:07 +0100
    I think I’ve already answered that point my old son in that I buy larger properties. Do you know anyone as a FTB that would buy one and if you do then shame on them! They should be allowing families with kids to take the house, as indeed are my tenants that are in them, plus the HMO’s where I house several people in luxury they couldn’t otherwise afford. I note that you haven’t taken up my offer of explaining the numbers to you – interesting then Foxwatcher. Must be worried about being proved wrong. And indeed you would be. Not us looking poor from our responses old boy, it is yourself I’m afraid. You’ve made wildly inaccurate assumptions about our lifestyles and then state that they are apparently the lifestyles we’re chasing. You make assumptions about the properties we buy when you know nothing about them and you state that we’re cheating FTB’s out of them when we’re not. You also suggest but don’t state you were the 18th buyer on the example you dreamed up. So quite clearly you weren’t the 18th prospective buyer or you would have said outright in the first instance. It’s a fantasy example from your own little world (don’t worry they’re probably all friendly people there and run a big brother state). I asked why you have such an issue with landlords supplying a basic human need but not with Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s? You choose not to come out with anything of substance but just continue with your inaccurate rave about silent movie landlords. I’m surprised we haven’t seen you accuse us of tying young women to railway tracks! I can hear the dramatic music on the piano now. Never fear buttmuncher the Keystone Cops will come to the rescue soon!
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:08:00 +0100
    One final thing – I’m not saying either of you are bad landlords. I can’t possibly know. I’m complaining that you’ve purchased properties from under the noses of youngsters who want nothing more than to own their own property. If you want to defend something, think about that one point, please.
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:04:12 +0100
    How very erudite of you both. I’m lost in my admiration for your ways with words, and stand by my views that any reply you make just shows you in an ever worsening light. James, M, maybe I was the 18th viewer?
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:04:11 +0100
    How very erudite of you both. I’m lost in my admiration for your ways with words, and stand by my views that any reply you make just shows you in an ever worsening light. James, M, maybe I was the 18th viewer?
  • commented 2015-10-07 12:41:41 +0100
    Rugmuncher. I notice you make no attempt whatsoever to support your arguments from a credible source nor to explain why my points are invalid. Just to be clear – you’ve made utterly incorrect assumptions about a complete stranger based on your own embittered prejudice, and you think professionals who want a quality short-term let should go down the council?? Classic. Also – just to be sure – you’re saying that everyone else is allowed savings and a pension (and for that matter, a foreign holiday?) but I’m not? That’s a bit dictatorial for a supposedly even-minded and sympathetic lefty isn’t it? And my cheap rents and hours of physical toil to produce nice homes for people who DONT WANT to buy are a blight on those people are they – are they not allowed a choice in your world?? How very magnanimous of you. Yes, you are definitely a credible person worth hearing more from. Please do demonstrate further why some village somewhere is missing its idiot.

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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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A glimpse of Tory tenancy reform?

An intriguing exchange in the House of Commons this week may contain clues about the government's big forthcoming announcement of reforms to tenancies. 

During a debate on temporary accommodation, the backbench Conservative MP Bob Blackman said this:

The greatest cause of homelessness is the end of an assured shorthold tenancy. They usually run for six months and at the end of that period families often have to move. The solution is clear: we need longer tenancies and more security of tenure for families, but also assurances to landlords that they will get paid their rent and that the tenants will behave themselves in accordance with the contract they have signed. I ask the Minister to update us on where we are going with lengthening tenancies, which would dramatically reduce homelessness at a stroke. Perhaps we can do that.

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Insecure tenancies drag down quality of life

With home ownership unaffordable and council housing unavailable, private renters are living longer in a tenure that wasn't designed to provide long term homes. The constant threat of your landlord deciding to sell up or move back in means that you have none of the stability that a home is supposed to provide.

New polling from Survation, commissioned by us, exposes the impact this has on tenants' lives. It shows that private renters are more anxious about the security of their home and this is holding them back from investing time in their home and their local community. 

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Slowly, but surely, a letting fees ban is coming

Almost a year after Phillip Hammond announced the Government's intention to banning letting fees, we now have a draft bill before parliament.

Since that announcement, we have had a consultation on the ban, and of course a new government, but it has remained on the legislative agenda thanks to the concerted campaigning of renters across the country.

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Disrupting the market to help tenants

The internet has already shaken up the music industry, television, taxis and self-catering holidays. Investors are now looking for the next industry to disrupt with technology and property seems ripe for the picking. 

As the national voice of private renters, we agree that the property industry as it stands fails its consumers in too many ways, so things need to change. Even when we succeed in changing the law, like the forthcoming letting fees ban, we still need to ensure that it's implemented properly and the industry adapts in the right way. 

But we can't allow slick and revolutionary new services or initiatives to simply treat tenants as cash cows in the same way that many letting agents and landlords currently do. So this is what we think the market needs - and how the tenant should benefit.

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