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29 homes lost per day to the Holiday Homes Sector
Dec 06, 2022

England’s housing supply lost nearly 11,000 properties to the second home and holiday let sector between 2021 and 2022, according to our new analysis of local tax data.



Findings reveal startling prevalence of 'Sex for Rent' and predatory behaviour in the private rental market
Dec 06, 2022

Content warning: Sexual offences

Research conducted by Generation Rent and Mumsnet has revealed a shocking prevalence of predatory behaviour, from unscrupulous landlords and letting agents towards tenants, in the private rented sector.

In a survey of 1045 submissions, respondents reported that unscrupulous landlords or letting agents had acted inappropriately or predatorily towards them in the past:

  • 4% of respondents had been offered free or discounted rent in exchange for sexual favours
  • 14% had experienced suggestive remarks
  • 12% heard comments of a sexual nature
  • 11% experienced unwanted comments about their body or appearance
  • 4% had experienced unwanted touching

And private renters not in a relationship and on lower incomes were significantly more likely to report that they had experienced harassment and abuse.



Black History Month: The fight to end housing inequality
Oct 24, 2022

Housing has always been an important aspect of the fight for racial equality. In celebration of Black History Month 2022, at Generation Rent we are commemorating the work of black campaigners and their fight towards housing equality. However, it is also important to acknowledge how far we still have to go.



Podcast: Energy Efficiency
Sep 30, 2022

In this episode of the podcast Sophie is joined by Zoe Avison from the Green Alliance to discuss how best to keep your home warm this winter and why insulation and greener, cheaper forms of energy are so important for renters. To find out more about the Green Alliance, visit their website here 



How Street Votes could end our housing heartbreak
Sep 26, 2022

Freddie Poser is Director of PricedOut, the national campaign for affordable house prices

Being a renter can suck, and it seems to get worse every year with higher rents, unfair deposit deductions, no-fault evictions, application letters, and new listings being snapped up in mere seconds. What can we do? One path is to reform the rental market to give tenants more protections. Another, complementary, path is to improve the renters’ bargaining power by increasing the supply of properties on the market. But raising supply has been politically very difficult, with many reform efforts foundering on the rocks of public opposition. Street votes are different. While it might not change the world tomorrow, it might just deliver supply where other efforts have failed.



Podcast: Home Not Hotels
Sep 08, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, Sophie is joined by Rachael Maskell, the MP for York Central, Dr Tom Simcock Research Fellow & Research Manager of the Healthy Housing Initiative at the University of Huddersfield and Dan Wilson Craw, Deputy Director of Generation Rent to discuss holiday lets, their impact on the private rented sector and what potential solutions their are to mitigate their impact on local housing.

If you would like to find out more about our work on holiday lets you can read our report here and sign our holiday lets petition here. 

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. 

 



45% of private renters face rent hike
Aug 25, 2022

Nearly half of private renters have faced a rent increase in the last year, our latest survey has found, which is why we are calling for the government to impose a rent freeze to fight the cost of living crisis.



"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.


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