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My unsafe home caught fire on New Year’s Eve - Shane's Story
Nov 19, 2021

I have spent about a decade renting in the private sector. This covered my time as student through to working full time. Sometimes I’ve been tempted to try to work out how much I’ve actually spent on rent during the ten years, but I haven’t dared do it as I’m sure the answer would just be too depressing. For me, renting has meant fighting to get deposits back, pleading with letting agencies or landlords to get basic repairs carried out, having to leave a property a short notice as it was being sold, and being trapped in a cycle of fees and ever increasing rents. My longest period at a property was three years, and the shortest was six months

Sex for Rent ads
Nov 18, 2021

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Sex for Rent is a crime whereby an individual offers accommodation at a reduced cost or for free, in exchange for sexual acts. This arrangement can be enacted at the outset of a new tenancy, or enforced during a tenancy, often when tenants experience difficulties in paying the rent.

A 2016 Shelter survey found that 8% of women had been offered a Sex for Rent arrangement at some point in their lives. However, only one person has ever been charged in a Sex for Rent Case, and only as recently as January 2021.

Licensing landlords drives up standards in England
Oct 24, 2021

Councils that require landlords to be licensed take more than twice as much enforcement action as those that don’t.

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

Generation Rent supporter James* discusses the high cost of unwanted moves, and the toll they have on renting families.

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.

Not even disabled renters are safe from evictions - Emma's Story
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. 

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