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"I didn’t feel safe being my full self" - the LGBTQ+ experience of renting
Jun 28, 2022

Pride month is nearly at an end, but that doesn’t mean that issues affecting LGBTQ+ people will suddenly disappear. Discrimination, both explicit and structural, remains an unfortunate reality for non-heterosexual, trans and non-binary people in every facet of day-to-day life.

How well do councils know their local renters?
Jun 23, 2022

Two thirds of private renters are unaware that their local council can help them with certain problems with their landlord, letting agent or home, according to our latest research.

Renters Reform White Paper - our verdict
Jun 16, 2022

After a consultation, a General Election, three Queen’s Speeches and a pandemic, the government’s plans for reform of the rental market are finally here. The commitment to abolish Section 21 that kicked off this process back in 2019 is still the centrepiece of the reforms, but there are wider changes to landlord regulation as well.

The Tenant Fees Act - Three Years On
Jun 01, 2022

Letting agents have now been banned from charging fees at the start of a tenancy for three years.

Your holiday, our home?
May 27, 2022

Wales and South West England saw both the largest increase in holiday home ownership and the largest rise in rents over the course of the pandemic, according to our latest research.

Evictions in Scotland - what do we know?
May 25, 2022

Nearly one third of private landlords who evicted tenants in order to sell the property had failed to sell the home more than a year later, according to our latest research into the Scottish tenancy system.

I can't move out of my miserable home - Maggie's Story
May 20, 2022

Generation Rent supporter Maggie describes what it is like to be stuck in a poor standard home.

Three years later, tenancy reform is still on
May 10, 2022

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
May 05, 2022

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
May 03, 2022

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
Apr 29, 2022

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?
Apr 08, 2022

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.

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