Reappraising the place for private rental housing in the UK market: why an unbalanced economy is at risk of becoming even worse

Martin Field

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Abstract

This viewpoint tables a number of concerns on the nature of private rental supply and its problems. It notes the manner in which the rise in private renting is impacting upon other parts of the housing market, not least its growing influence on wider assessments of housing performance by the establishment of benchmarks that are based upon ‘open market’ conditions. Particular criticism is levelled at how private rental provision is increasing ‘social’ and economic divisions between those having settled and secure accommodation and those seeing their income lost to short-hold and limited residences. A critique is levelled against the promotion of the sector as some kind of a ‘value-neutral’ investment, since current rental and investment mechanisms represent an ideological framework to consolidate ever more resources with investors and property-owners that exclude increasing numbers of households from the potential benefits of their own owner-occupation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354 - 362
Number of pages8
JournalLocal Economy
Volume29
Issue number4-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2014

Keywords

  • HD72
  • HD7288.85
  • HD7287.3

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