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Potential Progress for Private Renters

This week saw two positive developments for the rights of private renters across the country. First, on 2nd July, Secretary of State for Communities Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP proposed the introduction of a minimum 3-year tenancy term, with a 6-month break clause, to provide more security of tenure of private renters. In addition, yesterday saw the London Assembly agree a motion calling on the Mayor to back the campaign to abolish Section 21 – the clause of the Housing Act 1998, that allows private landlords to evict tenants without any reason – and to lobby the Government for a change in the law.

So, why are these changes important, what would they mean for older private renters, and do they go far enough? Let’s investigate…

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Age and the Private Rented Sector

“The Home Improvements report is a timely intervention, which showcases the challenges that face “the Millennial Generation” in the present day and the years to come. It also dovetails nicely with our own report Living in Fear: Experiences of Older Private Renters in London, which performed a similar investigation into the difficulties facing older Londoners that rent privately.

If it is indeed true that a third of Millennials face renting for their entire lives, then our findings suggest that large scale changes need to be made in order to meet these tenants’ needs as they grow older. This is especially urgent, considering that The number of private-renting households for those aged 45-64 has more than doubled in the last ten years and recent estimates suggest that the number of private-renters in London aged 65 and over could double between 2014 and 2039.”

This week, a report from the Resolution Foundation has found that up to a third of young people face living in private rented accommodation for all of their lives. We offer our knowledge of the private rented sector, the affect it has upon many older tenants and the changes that need to be made to meet the needs of present and future older tenants.

Living in Fear – Older Private Renters in London

Over the last eighteen months, Age UK London has been investigating the experiences of older private renters in London as part of our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme. Funded by the Nationwide Foundation, the research collated the views of older Londoners across a series of focus groups and individual interviews to gain a broad insight into the experiences of older renters in the capital. This information formed the basis of our brand new research report: “Living in Fear – Experiences of Older Private Renters in London”.

With the report completed, Age UK London hosted a launch event to reveal our findings at the Coin Street Conference Centre on the South Bank, find out all about the event…

A Whole Host of Events!

It’s been a busy year so far here at Age UK London, but we’re showing no signs of stopping as we head into the winter months! With that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to run through some of the events we have coming up in the run up to the new year… Take a look and see how you could get involved!

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Marks Out Of Tenancy – Aiding the Private Rental Sector

“There are various causes attributed to the growing number of older people joining the renting masses; an increase in the divorce rate, downsizing to smaller properties where paying rent might be preferential to another mortgage, or never getting onto the property ladder in the first place – whatever the reason, we think all renters deserve to have accommodation that is of decent quality and relatively stress-free.”

One in every twelve private rental tenants is an older person. Marks Out Of Tenancy is a review website to help private renters make informed choices.

Renters Legal – A new Service from Advice4Renters

Short-hold tenancies and a lack of regulation for rent price increases mean that unscrupulous proprietors may abruptly put up your rent price or serve you notice. Another concern for tenants is the unwillingness by some “landlords” to fix properties that have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Renters Legal is a social enterprise by Advice4Renters, a London charity with over thirty years experience helping disadvantaged and vulnerable tenants every day, as well as campaigning for better rights for renters. Renters Legal aims to help renters across England who are not entitled to legal aid.

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What Would Help Older Private Tenants?

We’re just over halfway through Age UK London’s project to raise awareness and find solutions for older private tenants in London. We’ve heard a lot from older people about the conditions they live in and their concerns for the future. This research has led us to ask a series of questions: What are the main areas of concern for older private tenants? What changes could be achievable and would help these older renters? What can be done in London, and what would need national legislation?

The Forgotten Faces of Generation Rent

The face of Generation Rent includes university graduates, young professionals, even families with children – but in many ways the term inadvertently excludes older people. It assumes older generations are enjoying their own home and the financial benefits and comfort that come with it, as though the older sections of society are unaffected by soaring house prices and cuts to social services and housing.

“Ageing in Squalor and Distress” – A New Housing Report from Age UK

Last week Age UK released “Ageing in Squalor and Distress”, an in-depth report that investigates the experiences of older private renters. The report collates information taken by Age UK between 2013 and 2016, with a view to asking how well the private rental sector works for older people and what needs to change to allow the sector to better fit the needs of older people in future. It does not make for happy reading. Unexpected rent increases, fear of eviction, damp problems, poor insulation, and the failure of landlords to carry out timely repairs are just some of the many […]

The Living Home Standard Report

This week saw the housing charity Shelter release the Living Home Standard report, an investigation into the state of the property market in Britain. This research was part of a concerted effort to discuss the reality of people’s housing situations, rather than simply listing facts and figures. Shelter also wished to discover what words such as “affordable” and “security” mean to regular people, seeing as such phrases are repeatedly used by policy makers and charities. The report emerged from nine months of consultation with the public, and lists thirty-nine criteria that houses and flats must meet to protect the occupants’ […]