Manifesto from Generation Rent Et al

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10:50 AM, 4th November 2019
About A year ago

Manifesto from Generation Rent Et al

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Manifesto from Generation Rent Et al

A collection of campaign groups and think tanks have come together to create a Manifesto for renters in the hope of influencing political parties in the coming General Election. The Group Includes Generation Rent, New Economics Foundation, the London Renters Union, Tenants Union UK and ACORN.

Their agenda is to ban Section 21 evictions, introduce of rent controls and force landlords to end bans on benefits tenants. The individual institutions have all released statements in support.

Director of Generation Rent, Dan Wilson Craw, said: “The security of home ownership is closed off to millions of people who cannot save when their wage increases are simply swallowed up by the rent. Private renters are growing older and raising children in insecure, expensive homes, and will be thinking about this on the way to polling stations on 12 December.

“Any party that wants to run the country must offer renters stable and affordable homes, and this manifesto sets out how to deliver that.”

Nick Ballard, of ACORN, said: “Landlords up and down the country benefit from and contribute to the country’s acute housing crisis by restricting access to housing through ever higher rents.”

“In the absence of rent controls they have monetised the human need for shelter and turned homes into assets. Restricting supply of a universal need at times of crisis is profiteering. This needs to change. The next government must cap rents at 30% of local income, put a stop to the financialisation of housing and create a national database of landlords and rents to ensure decent, dignified and affordable housing for all.”

CEO of New Economics Foundation, Miatta Fahnbulleh commented: “Private renting is broken, unaffordable, insecure and often unsafe. This manifesto outlines the policies we need to fix our housing system, and improve conditions for the millions of private renters in the UK.

“The demand for change on private renting is growing, and the size of the renters vote is hugely influential. Political parties would be foolish to ignore this.”

The group also claim that 1 out of every 7 properties rented in the PRS is unsafe.


Dennis Leverett

14:22 PM, 5th November 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 05/11/2019 - 13:59
Net Non EU immigration last year was 219,000 whereas EU was 59,000. Of course plus those we know nothing about. British -52,000. Have no idea of the true meaning behind those figures. Free movement from wherever has to stop, our country can't provide for it in it's present state.


14:47 PM, 5th November 2019
About A year ago

The Labour Party have launched a site " manifesto19 Labour" where there're open to comments/suggestions which may be handy re' ' tenant right to buy' opinions. It closes tomorrow at 11.59 so be quick!

Whiteskifreak Surrey

18:42 PM, 5th November 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by LaLo at 05/11/2019 - 14:47
Any quick suggestions on replies?

Sue Twyford

13:54 PM, 6th November 2019
About A year ago

According to yesterday's edition of The Times "The shadow chancellor has watered down a plan to introduce a “right to buy” for tenants in the private rented sector. The policy would be aimed at the wealthiest landlords and would not apply to those who own only “one or two” rental properties, he said. “There’s a large number of individuals or families who have bought another property as their asset for the future and we wouldn’t want to endanger that,” he said." Guess John McD has identified the potential loss of 'small portolio' landlord votes but it won't give any comfort to those with more than a couple of properties; I'm sure Mick Roberts will have a view on this !


8:41 AM, 9th November 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by JJ at 05/11/2019 - 12:00
Agreed and leads to overcrowding in schools, roads and hospitals.


8:45 AM, 9th November 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 06/11/2019 - 14:06
This is been going on for years. This article from 2001 states that Labour says ‘no money from the company is transferred to the Labour Party’

Yet the recent articles stateS that the Ltd co makes a paper loss because of the several hundred thousand pounds for admin expenses charged by the Labour Party? (And some of those carried forward losses are interest charges from the Labour Party - from what I’ve read some of those funds came from the taxpayer funding of MP’s rents originally but would like clarification of that...)

So surely money is being transferred from a Ltd company that has to pay tax, into a political party that is not for profit and doesn’t need to pay tax. That’s the very definition of a ‘tax avoidance scheme’ isn’t it? Over £100k for admin on that sized property portfolio?

I’ve actually always voted Labour (before Corbyn) so this is just another reason to feel more politically homeless...

Mick Roberts

13:28 PM, 10th November 2019
About A year ago

The average local income of my tenants is around £1200pm
So he wants rents at £360pm?
Aah right, when some Landlords could lose at that money.
Some people could get £600pm from alternative investments without the phone ringing and being threatened to put in prison cause the kid took the battery out the smoke alarm.
And would the mortgage lender drop their payment too?
I can see even more shortage of housing coming too. Which will as we know increase rents, no competition, poorer conditions.

Old Mrs Landlord

13:56 PM, 10th November 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by AP at 09/11/2019 - 08:45
When I read this Express article I understood it to mean that they were paying interest to the Labour Party as the lenders for the initial purchase of the properties, which of course is a tax-deductible expense for limited companies. The whole set-up is by the Labour Party, through the Labour Party and for the benefit of the Labour Party and exploits every tax allowance available without breaking any laws.

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