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 2014-11-20 19:49:01 +0000
    Cherelle, is it really illegal? If so, how can we challenge this? I will speak to my tenancy group about this as well( Islington) . Please do share on fb & Twitter ( though I personally don’t have Twitter, but digs ( Hackney renter group) almost only use Twitter and are really on the roll with challenging these things.
  • commented 2014-11-20 18:38:12 +0000
    I am so glad I found this site. I am a private renter who works in social housing so I know both sides and legalities of tenancies well. What private landlords do is illegal and discriminatory. They are covered in the terms of the tenancy so they should not be able to say no housing benefit, no children, no hamsters…. The list goes on. This is completely illegal and I need someone to take note. If private landlords would accept housing benefit, the burden of the housing crisis on social landlords and councils would be considerably lower. Don’t get me started on tenancy types… If I can help, hold a meeting, use my knowledge appropriately or help in anyway I would like to.
  • commented 2014-11-18 15:48:12 +0000
    I agree with Rent T. Proper, independent regulation of landlord and agents is a must in order to ensure that tenants rights are better represented.
  • commented 2014-11-18 15:34:16 +0000
    Unfortunately, under the current system there is no one to protect private or social tenants’ rights and act on their behalf. The Housing Ombudsman and similar biased and ineffectual “regulators” should be abolished or at the very least stripped of all taxpayer subsidies, which should be diverted to benefit a genuine pro-renters/tenants association or renters union.
  • commented 2014-11-11 08:10:47 +0000
    At viewing agent mentioned that before I move in the place would be cleaned from all dust following refurbishment work. As agent brought that up I didn’t point it out in the contract. On arrival with all my furniture this hadn’t been done. The removal team was great, but obviously couln’t wait for a cleaner.

    Definitely need to create a Tripadvisor format for letting agents and removal companies.

    And would be great to have some kind of legal support system so that unreasonable landlords and agents could be monitored.
  • commented 2014-11-10 22:24:20 +0000
    I’m currently new to the private renting market, I’m private renting at the moment under a 12 month tenancy agreement. The 2 bedroom flat is lovely but I have come across a couple of glitches so to speak but you wouldn’t know until it’s too late or the letting agent didn’t mention any faults. The 1st one is damp and mould due to the fact that the flat is a basement flat, with new legislation, letting agents and landlords must do everything in their power to control , maintain and keep a checkup of mould infestation. The 2nd fault really would be with the little niggles with the bathroom, rubber sealant not being properly installed and having to spend my own money to make sure that grout does not damage the bathroom any further. It would be wonderful that all letting agencies and all landlords are on a register, kinda like how trip advisor works, online access to records, if the agencies /landlords are praised they could even use it to their advantage to gain sales. You have my backing, where do I sign the petition :)

    Mark B

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Housing Greater Manchester

When you mention the housing crisis, people tend to think of London and of campaign groups like Focus E15. There is good reason for this - the capital has experienced the worst excesses of the housing crisis, and the pushback there has been among the most dynamic in the country. Yet London is not alone in having a housing crisis, and in recent years the effects of a dysfunctional housing system have been making themselves felt in Greater Manchester.

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Minimum acceptable living standards in London - and how housing costs cut right through them

This week Trust for London, in conjunction with Loughborough University, published their latest report on a Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for London - with figures updated from their first report in 2015, and with a focus in this research on families.

The MIS compares costs between London and the rest of the UK to show the difference between the minimum needed for an acceptable standard of living - with that minimum based on a list of goods discussed and agreed upon by the public.

We can draw many conclusions from the report, and though it should surprise no one that the cost of housing is a major differential between London and the rest of the UK, the research shows that the rising cost of private rents in the lower end of the market stops a large number of households achieving the MIS.

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Rate your landlord and more on Marks Out Of Tenancy

Ben Yarrow is Founder of Marks Out Of TenancyFor more useful websites for renters, visit our resources page.

Ask anyone who’s renting, everyone’s got a story to share. Whether it’s good, bad or just plain ugly; every renter has had their own experience with a landlord or a letting agent that can give us insight into what can be expected as a potential tenant of theirs.    

Now, while it can be fun to wax lyrical about rental horror stories, we wanted to figure out how this exchange of experiences could be harnessed to the benefit of generation rent - so we created Marks out of Tenancy.

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Home ownership at 30-year low

Just 62.9% of England's population owns their home - the lowest proportion since 1985. And the private rented population now stands at 4.5m households, up on last year and bigger than in 1961, when slum landlords like Peter Rachman were making tenants' lives a misery.

These are the big findings of the English Housing Survey Headline Report, the first of two releases of the government-commissioned survey for 2015-16. 

At this rate, there will be more private renters than mortgage holders in just five years' time. It's already the largest tenure in London.

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Brighton and Bournemouth letting fees - all in one place

Even though the government has promised to ban letting fees, our crowdsourced research project at lettingfees.co.uk continues to build up a picture of renter exploitation around the country. Renters in Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove now have an online comparison of letting fees in their area, which will help them avoid the rogues who are either charging excessive fees or just not publishing theirs.

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Lessons from Germany: tenant power in the rental market

Last month the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) released its report “Lessons from Germany: Tenant power in the rental market”. It examines the relative strength of protection for German renters, and how these benefits might be brought across to England.

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Making housing about immigration continues to be a toxic mix

Back in late 2015, when the details about making landlords check the immigration status of prospective tenants was being debated in parliament, housing and migrant groups repeatedly warned government that this would lead to discrimination, and push vulnerable renters into precarious and hidden housing.

Today a new report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) on the 'Right to Rent' scheme confirms that warning, with shocking findings of non-British and non-white renters finding it more difficult to access a new tenancy.

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Government consults on banning orders - renters respond

We have put in our response to the government’s consultation on banning orders – the new mechanism to prevent criminals from operating in the rental market. That’s right, they aren’t banned already.

The government has asked what types of offences should be banworthy, and set a deadline of midnight tonight.

We asked our supporters for their experiences earlier in the week, dozens of you responded, and the feedback has helped shape our response to the government.

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Housing White Paper: where do we stand now?

Well, the Housing White Paper was a massive disappointment. After an exciting glimpse on Sunday of moves to "incentivise" longer tenancies, on Tuesday it became clear that those incentives were existing government subsidies for companies building new homes. Number of beneficiaries: 80,322 (not counting the companies who would have offered longer tenancies anyway).

For the 4.3 million households in existing properties? The vague undertaking to "consider what more we can do to support families already renting privately, while encouraging continued investment in the sector." Which gives little hope to people who don't live with their family and a lot of hope to property speculators.

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Housing White Paper: Our immediate reaction

Commenting on the Housing White Paper, Dan Wilson Craw, Director of Generation Rent, said:

“Sajid Javid has the right analysis about the plight of renters, but his White Paper has failed to offer us anything of substance.

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