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Renters wield more electoral power - if they actually register to vote

The growth of private renting in the past decade has given renters more political power, an activist group claims.

Generation Rent’s analysis of the 2021 Census claims to have found that 194 constituencies in England have populations containing 20 per cent or more private renters - that’s up from 114 in 2011.

And whereas previously renters had been relatively concentrated in a small number of inner city seats, they are now apparently in greater numbers in suburbs and satellite towns of London and other major cities.


Generation Rent admit that this increased influence depends on renters bothering to register to vote, and it concedes that an estimated 1.22m people were not registered to vote anywhere at the 2019 election - some 45 per cent of these being private renters.

The activist group claims the most dramatic growth in renting has taken place in suburban England, including the northern and western outskirts of London and the outer reaches of metropolitan areas like Dudley and Oldham.

There has apparently been an 89 per cent increase in the number of seats with 30 per cent or more of the population in private rented homes, from 37 in 2011 to 70 in 2021. 

Dan Wilson Craw, deputy chief executive of the group, says: “It is getting harder for politicians to ignore renters. The renter population continued to grow in the 2010s, but because many of us have been pushed out of city constituencies by high rents and the need for family homes, renters’ political power has grown even more, and could make a difference in many more seats at future elections.

“But this new political influence is limited if we aren’t registered to vote in the first place, and it is too easy to fall off the register after a stressful house move. We have mapped the private rented sector to inform our campaign to make sure renters have a political voice, and we hope this work will help others who are working to widen democratic participation.”

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    Generation Rent are making the assumption that tenants will vote Labour to gain more security. They underestimate the intelligence of tenants.

    They fail to realise that many tenants are well aware that the Renters Reform bill containing provisions for the abolition of Section 21 has been responsible for their having been given a Section 21 notice; their huge difficulty in finding somewhere else to live; and their having been required to pay a much higher rent than they were currently paying if they do eventually find a new flat.

    The majority of tenants would have benefited enormously if "the reforms" had never started - and even more if steps had been taken by the Government to increase the size of the private rental sector, rather than to destroy it.

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    It is a Labour Council in Nottingham that keep bashing LLs with Selective Licensing & its ensuing rent rises - why should they believe a Labour Govt will help them?

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    If they bother to vote 😂😂😂 What a load of old guff. That’s like saying the Titanic would not have hit the iceberg if it had stayed in the dock🚢🚢

  • James B

    I agree, I believe a vast amount of tenants don’t bother to vote which is fundamental to the last election result where labour were expected to do hugely better their target market just cannot be bothered


    ''cannot be bothered'' that's why they are tenants and not home owners


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