Three years later, tenancy reform is still on
As a new session of Parliament begins, the government has renewed its commitment to create a fairer rental market. As well as plans to abolish Section 21 no-fault evictions - first announced in 2019, the latest version of the Renters Reform Bill looks likely to introduce a landlord register.
Coalition demands action in Queens Speech
Generation Rent and members of the Renters Reform Coalition handed a letter into 10 Downing Street today to urge Boris Johnson to end unfair evictions for good in 2022 and announce a Renters’ Reform Bill in next Tuesday’s Queens Speech.
Illegal rentals costing tenants £321m extra in energy bills
A quarter of a million landlords are letting families live in homes that are so expensive to heat they are illegal to let out. We estimate tenants in properties across England to be spending £321 million more this year on energy bills than they would if their homes met basic standards.
We need a rent freeze to ease the cost of living crisis
Renters struggling with rising energy bills should be protected from higher rents. We are calling for a ban on rent increases alongside six other proposals we believe will ease the crisis for renters nationwide - including a pause on evictions to stop tenants facing homelessness.
Rent tribunals in England – what do we know?
Here’s something you probably didn’t know.
If your landlord wants to raise your rent to a level you don’t agree with, and you can’t negotiate a compromise, they must issue you with a Section 13 notice. And as a tenant you can challenge this notice by applying to the First Tier Tribunal for a rent assessment.
Podcast: Make sure you can vote on 5 May
In this, the first episode of the Generation Rent podcast, Sophie Delamothe, Generation Rent’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager, chats to Niki Nixon, the Head of External Communications at the Electoral Commission, about all the things you need to know in order to vote at the local elections on 5 May.
Sophie and Niki discuss how to register, what to do if you lose your polling card, how to vote if you are self-isolating, and much more. If you want to find out more about the Electoral Commission then you can visit their website here.
This will be the first of hopefully many podcasts produced by Generation Rent. If you have a story you would like to share on the podcast or want a particular topic covered in a future episode then contact Will at [email protected] to discuss your idea.
Rising energy bills: 12 things to know
From tomorrow, 1 April, the cap on energy prices increases by 54% - the largest since it was introduced. This will affect anyone who is on a variable tariff. The changes are slightly different for people on prepayment meters – just 14% of the population, but more likely to be private renters.
The price rises are a result of increased global demand for gas towards the end of last year, which is pushing up costs of heating our homes and also the electricity that is generated in gas power plants.
The war in Ukraine started after the increased price cap was announced, so the even higher wholesale gas prices arising from the conflict are not yet reflected in the new cap. We're expecting a further increase of a similar magnitude on 1 October.
Here are twelve things to know as a private renter.
Government signs up to national landlord register
After an eight-year campaign, today we heard that the government will bring in a register of landlords in England as part of its levelling up agenda.
The Times reported this morning that the Housing Secretary Michael Gove will also raise minimum standards that private rented homes have to meet in line with those in the social sector. The Mirror has also covered the story - you don't have to register to read theirs.
One no-fault eviction every 32 minutes this winter
Private renter evictions have been dramatically increasing since the Government ended the last of the Covid protections in June.
Evictions are on their way to hit their pre-pandemic levels and so households and families around the country are once again being forced to move over the Christmas period.
Evicted on Christmas Eve - John's Story
Generation Rent supporter John describes just how terrible an unfair eviction during the Christmas period is.
In October we were given eight weeks notice to leave our family home of eight years. Never have we missed a month's rent. We pride ourselves on being good tenants who keep our home well looked after - but none of that matters. We must be out by Christmas Eve.