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 2015-03-25 23:00:32 +0000
    Just wondering others thoughts on this,

    If the government were to put a levy on earnings accuired through rental incomes (instead of current tax breaks), would this deter landlords from entering the market, therefore creating a wealthier society of tenants and first time buyers.
  • commented 2015-03-18 08:39:24 +0000
    Not everyone wants to be tied into long term tenancy agreements – you can’t see into the future and know what you need in 12 months time. We provide a real home for those who will rent for all or most of their lives and if you pay the rent and are good tenants you can stay as long as you want and we only have an annual rent increase review – however,.

    At Unohomes we allow tenants to give us 1 week’s notice to leave – why do we do this?
    because if you don’t want to stay with us or can’t then it is best you go – we offer affordable housing and charge no fees to tenants – we fill your flat within 24 hours from our waiting list!

    simples!

    unohomes.co.uk – the way forward………………………
  • commented 2015-03-17 21:03:18 +0000
    I’ve lived in a flatshare for nearly two years now. My flatmate is moving out and my letting agency is forcing me to sign a new contract with a minimum term of 1 year. I bear all the risks in this situation and am not given the flexibility I would need in that point of my carrer. I’ve checked and they are legally allowed to do this. It would only be a gesture of goodwill for them to accept to give me a shorter term. But of course they won’t grant it to me, no matter how politely it’s been asked. I don’t think this kind of situation is normal and tenant should not have to sacrifice job and personal opportunities because agency “trap” them in their own flat. I was quite shocked to see this is legally allowed and I have no other option but to accept a unreasonable deal. I hope things will change in the future so other people don’t have to bear the same kind of risk. Thank you for your action in trying to make tenant’s right change for the best :)
  • commented 2015-03-10 08:02:34 +0000
    Is it the Private Rental sector or the Social Housing sector that Generation Rent should be campaigning about. The Social Housing sector issue 5 times more S21’s than the private sector and this article shows that they are more likely to evict vulnerable tenants. At a time when the Private Rental Sector has overtaken the Social Housing sector these figures to not look encouraging.

    Are councils favouring bailiffs in rent arrear cases?
    Warren Lewis
    Warren Lewis
    09 Mar 2015

    According to a think tank, councils have been accused of turning to bailiffs and the courts rather than helping people in rent arrears.

    The Independent has reported that recent research suggests councils are more likely to engage in aggressive enforcement action rather than offer affordable payment options to struggling tenants.

    Mike O’Connor, chief executive of StepChange, said: “It is shocking that many councils are less likely to be helpful to people in debt than banks are, and are more likely to take people to court. The growth in people struggling with their council tax bills is only outstripped by growth in problems caused by payday loans.”

    The number of people contacting the charity with council tax arrears has increased 372% in the last five years and over the same period the average amount owed has risen £157, he said.

    A survey of the charity’s clients found that even when people engaged with their council they faced tough action. After speaking to the council, 62 per cent had still been threatened with court action, 51% had been threatened with bailiffs.

    Meanwhile only 25% were offered an affordable payment option and a measly 13% were encouraged to get debt advice.

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    The charity is calling on the government to change to the Council Tax Administration and Enforcement Act 1992 to place guidance on a stronger legal footing, including ensuring that councils should evidence that they have tried to pursue an affordable repayment plan

    Ensure consistent incentives and messages to councils that reinforce the need for and importance of affordable payment solutions.

    It has also demanded a new individual protection against enforcement of unaffordable repayments for people seeking help with their debts.

    Mr O’Connor added: “Councils need to pursue debts but they must have a responsible and proportionate approach to dealing with people in arrears and not default to aggressive enforcement that often only serves to deepen debt problems. There are examples of good practice such as Leeds City Council but all too often public authorities are neither behaving as responsibly as they should or using the best strategy to recover debt.”
  • commented 2015-03-05 19:24:59 +0000
    AS Green Party Candidate for the Rochdale constituency, I can say that I fully support your aims, and wish you all the very best. If elected, I will do my very best to support your aims, in parliament and elsewhere. I fully support the Green Party’s pledge to build a lot more social housing too.
  • commented 2015-02-28 19:07:18 +0000
    I am no idiot ie literate numerate and decent it skills but i struggle with on line systems set up for local housing association bidding its just stupid.
    More power to you hope u can get something out of the people like joseph rowntree foundation as the medium to long term effects of this will be people living atparental home arrested development single parenting general dysfunction which are all drivers of stress drug use alcohol misuse crime etc.

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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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3.4m private renters risk losing their vote

With one week until voter registration closes, we've estimated that more than three million private renters in England are at risk of losing their vote at the General Election.

1.8m private renters have moved home since the 2016 Referendum and must therefore register again. Private renters are typically on tenancy agreements of no longer than 12 months and are six times more likely to move in a given year than homeowners.

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Celebrating ingenuity in the property industry

The steam train. The vaccine. The television. The World Wide Web. The tenancy renewal fee.

What connects them all? Each one is an incredibly successful British invention.

Yes, we may no longer have the manufacturing prowess that once sustained all corners of the country, but a certain group of entrepreneurs have exerted their creative minds to produce the £250 photocopy, and are currently raking it in.

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One promise the Prime Minister must keep

Theresa May has broken her word. She ruled out a snap election five times, then called one.

Our question is: what other promises is she going to tear up?

The government is consulting now on proposals to ban letting fees, and the deadline of 2 June is a week before polling day.

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Proposed ban on letting fees unveiled

For four and a half months we've been waiting with bated breath for the government's proposals to ban fees, and today they were unveiled as the government finally launched its consultation.

The policy is no half-measure - tenants will not have to pay fees in connection with their tenancy outside of rent, refundable deposit, holding deposit and extra services they require during the course of the tenancy (e.g. replacing lost keys).

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