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We've spent £21,000 on moving costs since 2017 - James's Story
Oct 12, 2021

Firstly, this isn’t my real name, I’ve disguised it because we live in a rural area and if I am identified as the source of this story, it will jeopardise our search for a new home as we will be seen as ‘troublemaking’ tenants. That very fact, tells you how nefarious Section 21 is as a piece of legislation.

44,000 renters faced homelessness in our wait for eviction reform
Sep 26, 2021

In April 2019, the government promised to abolish Section 21 "no fault" evictions. Two years later, we're still waiting for Parliament to change the law.

Deposit cap keeps over £100 in renters' pockets
Sep 21, 2021

Finding the money for the deposit on a new tenancy can be extremely difficult for many private renters. Not only does this make the cost of moving even more stressful but it also makes it harder for tenants to move out of an unsuitable property and puts tenants who face eviction at risk of homelessness.

But the good news is that the cap on deposits introduced in June 2019 means renters now have an average of £113 more in their pockets.

Emma's Story - Not even disabled renters are safe from evictions
Sep 10, 2021

Generation Rent supporter Emma explains what it's like facing a revenge eviction and the effect of discrimination in the private rental market as a disabled renter.

The cost of unwanted moves
Aug 28, 2021

Moving home is expensive - it's even worse when you have no choice in the matter. Unwanted moves are costing private renters in England £229m per year. 

The holiday let boom is causing a crisis for local renters
Aug 23, 2021

A sharp rise in properties being let out as holiday homes, has meant that renters around the UK are being priced out of their own local communities, our latest research has found. And renters in Scotland, Wales and the South West of England are the worst hit.

I just want to feel that this is my home - Katie's story
Jul 06, 2021

Generation Rent supporter Katie tells us about the impossibility of making their house into a home in the current private rental market.

Licensing schemes protect tenants - so let's do more
Jun 30, 2021

The licensing of rented properties makes it much easier for tenants to enforce their rights. It also helps to tackle criminal landlords. 

Breaking the letting fees ban - what we know
Jun 15, 2021

Holding deposits are the most common type of payment that landlords and letting agents break the rules on. 

You may have more protections than you think
Jun 04, 2021

The ban on most evictions was lifted this week and the notice period on Section 21 evictions has been reduced from 6 months to 4 months. But if your landlord has failed to provide you with certain documents you could be protected from eviction - up to three quarters of renters, according to our latest research.  

Our new research has also revealed the lack of knowledge about rights among private renters, which the first Renters' Rights Awareness Week, taking place on 14-20 June, aims to change.

Gemma's Story - No fault evictions are terrifying
May 26, 2021

Generation Rent supporter Gemma tells us about the fears of homelessness that come with Section 21 'no fault' evictions.

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