Activists in Generation Rent are now making a new demand - that landlords must pay the moving costs of tenants when they sell their properties.
The campaigners have long been sharply critical of landlords, and over the Bank Holiday weekend they issued new demands that there should be open-ended tenancies to “give tenants stability and flexibility” and that landlords “should pay the equivalent of two month’s rent towards tenants’ moving costs, to minimise the stress of moving.”
Generation Rent claims the average up-front cost of an unplanned move for what it calls “the median private renter household” is £1,709 including deposit, time off work to pack and move, cleaning costs, van hire and broadband installation. And this sum also includes what the campaigners call “two weeks paying rent on two properties while moving.”
It also looked at how different renters are affected. For a single parent with children, this figure is £1,451 per person; for sharers in a three-bedroom property, it’s £731 per person.
Generation Rent says that 2019-20, some 134,000 private renter households moved home after being evicted, coming to the end of a fixed term tenancy, or “being faced with a rent increase.”
The activists state that its survey of some 884 people who have rented from a private landlord in the last five years found that 56 per cent say they paid more rent when they last moved home. Alongside financial costs, 44 per cent reported having to move further away from friends or family, 15 per cent were further from a hospital, and five per cent had to move their children’s school.
Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the campaign group’s director, says: “Renters are shelling out millions to pay for house moves that they have no choice but to make. Not only is moving home expensive, it can force renters to move away from essential support networks, family and friends, and can disrupt children’s education.
“Renters deserve secure and stable homes where they can put down roots in their communities and thrive. With tenancies so short and evictions so common, this right is out of reach for millions of private renters.
“Generation Rent is calling on the government to commit to open ended tenancies in the upcoming Renters Reform White Paper, and to make landlords contribute to renters’ moving costs in the event of an unplanned and unavoidable move.”
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