Private Renting

  • John Doling


A reading of the previous two chapters indicates that tenure definition is not unproblematic. This applies equally to the private rented sector where one common definition is that it consists of housing that is not considered to fall into either the home ownership or the social sectors. This is defined as the residual. An alternative approach involves making reference to some of the common characteristics of the sector. First, perhaps, that the dwelling is owned by a person or body other than the occupier so that ownership is separated from use. Second, decisions about who gets to use the dwellings are taken through the marketplace as the outcome of negotiations between suppliers and consumers, and with the former having regard to profits and the latter to ability to pay and value for money. But such an approach to definition has difficulties, which by now will be familiar to the reader, stemming in part from the varying extent and consequence of state intervention. Thus, the market relations may be more or less constrained by interventions such as rent control and security of tenure provisions, while subsidy arrangements may, as seen earlier, give social housing characteristics to some parts of private sectors.


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