Almost one in five people are private renters in the UK today. In England alone, private renters represent 4.5 million households, including one in four families with children and over a million people with a disability or long-term health condition.
Too often, renters spend half their income on rent, only to face poor conditions and no secure place to call home. Meanwhile, landlords make billions in profit every year. Private renters have few rights to fall back on, but are fast becoming a political force. A national renters movement is building.
This National Renter Manifesto sets out the steps needed to ensure that everybody has a secure, affordable and decent home. The manifesto is based on joint work between ACORN, Generation Rent, London Renters Union, New Economics Foundation, Renters’ Rights London and Tenants Union UK. We are organisations that represent and support private renters, campaigning for radical reform of private renting and a transformation of our housing system. The manifesto covers six key themes: Security, Affordability, Justice, Conditions, Discrimination, and Housing for People Not Profit.