Demand a Queens Speech on Housing

The dust is settling after the General Election and the government finds itself with a new ministerial team and a precarious majority. None of the manifestos offered a coherent solution to the housing crisis, but Generation Rent is committed to making it a priority for the new government.

We have offered them a strategy which will jump-start the house building industry and create a fair deal for people renting. Our “Queen’s Speech on housing” is sponsored by CWU Youth, the youth network of the CWU Trade Union.

The housing crisis cannot be fixed without proper leadership, effective regulation, a commitment to wean the country off rising house prices and investment in public housing. Our demands include a position of Secretary of State for Housing, protections for tenants when their landlord wants to sell the property, and a system of rent control and tax on landlords which would raise money for a public house building programme.

Our proposals are published as a poll from Survation finds that 63% of private renters want to leave private renting in the next five years but only a third of those think it’s likely to happen. That means that out of the UK’s 4.75m private renter households, 1.95m find themselves stuck in an unsuitable tenure.


55% of private renters would like to buy a home in the next five years, which equates to 2.61m private renter households. That would involve more than half a million households becoming first time buyers every year – a level not seen since 2002.

Until houses become affordable enough to allow mass home ownership again, those stuck in inadequate private renting need a better deal. 

We need to act fast to get the government and opposition parties to adopt this plan. Please email the party leaders now on this page and ask them to meet with us. We've offered some suggested wording so it should take only a minute or two.

Thank you!

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  • Daniel Wilson Craw
    commented 2015-05-28 11:44:42 +0100
    Hi Miriam, thanks for your comment. Our point is that most renters would rather not be renting – and that’s why politicians are so obsessed with ownership. What we want is to make renting a choice and that involves giving renting the benefits that come with owning – security, affordability and control over your home. Once that happens, we expect the desperation to own will fade away.
  • Miriam Jones
    commented 2015-05-26 20:12:27 +0100
    I actually was under the impression your website was standing up for us in private rental and not like the government in pushing home OWNING!

    It’s about time us who are private tenants not only had power over where they want to live, but also the private landlords are on the whole greedy and pushing up their rents dramatically, even though mortgages are at the lowest in a really long time, it angers me (in case you hadn’t realised?).
  • Karen Matcham
    commented 2015-05-14 10:58:53 +0100
    First any discussion with politicians should highlight the fact that around 30% of MPs are buy to let landlords. They need to excuse themselves from any parliamentary discussion or legislation due to a conflict of interest – this needs to be publicized and exposed.
    Career/investment landlords need to be separated from short term,private home renters to force landlords into more responsible activity. I suggest all properties (not tenancies) which have been let for more than 5 years be obliged to offer longer term lets of up to 10 years (or more) with break clauses for the tenant after say 2 years. This would allow young families, pensioners etc to have secure accommodation. They could not be evicted at short notice as at present which is the main problem with the current short term tenancy system. Rent increases should not be related to the amount the landlord has to pay on a buy to let mortgage, but linked to wage inflation. Renters need to stop kidding themselves about the benefits of buying – prices of property are too high – think of the total cost of ownership over say 30 years and the cost to other investments, pension, career, location flexibility etc. Prices need to be forced down relative to incomes and this will only happen if landlords decide it is not worth the bother! It is not always the best thing to be a property owner. You have to find cash to maintain property and run the risk of property devaluation which could damage your financial affairs long term. Mortgages may not always be at these low rates and the only reason that property in this country is so expensive is due to the low rates, high multiples of income to borrow and foreign buyers. This could change!! Every time the Government wades in with more incentives this adds to the cost of homes – the recent £3000 bung on ISAs just made property £30000 more expensive on a 10% deposit! You will have to pay this back to the banks! In addition, young families need to get more vocal. Young women now have no choice but to put children in childcare and carry on working as they have no chance of paying for the ridiculous cost of a mortgage otherwise.
    One other point, everyone says property will always rise – I am old enough to remember when women could not borrow to own their own homes without guarantees from parents and that Lloyds Bank were “not doing mortgages” – it is the relaxation of lending which has driven property prices, not just under supply – what cannot go on for ever has to stop – this applies to property prices, especially now.
    The Tories are not the problem, renters need to get together and rise up in protest!
  • William Ridgway Ridgway
    commented 2015-05-12 18:59:49 +0100
    “Rent control and tax on landlords ” Excuse me ? Have u been living in a cave? The Tories have just been elected with a decisive majority, end of . They’re about as likely to do this as replace David Cameron with Ed Miliband . Not gonna happen . Look forward to price hikes and more renters for the foreseeable future . A large part of the Tory vote was protecting it’s assets (2nd homes) .
  • Ian springer
    commented 2015-05-12 11:57:02 +0100
    To UK Capitalist Party – Never mind what isn’t going to work – What is going to work?
  • Ian springer
    commented 2015-05-12 11:51:03 +0100
    Campaign for a cap on private rents – screw the landlords and buy to let parasites.
  • Capitalists Uk
    commented 2015-05-12 10:38:30 +0100
    More Socialism will NOT bring down house prices you naive numbskulls.

    #bringbackcapitalism #banHTB #letmktsetrates will!