The ISA Forum of Sociology is being held in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 14th to the 18th July. As part of RC43, Housing and the Built Environment stream, we have organised a session titled ‘Private Renting: From a Transitional to a Long-Term or Even a Life-Long Housing Tenure?’ The session description is below:
In many countries, especially in Anglophone nations, the Private Rental Sector (PRS) has grown substantially over the last three decades due primarily to the decline in social housing and the increasing difficulty of accessing home ownership in the post-Crash housing financial landscape. Historically, in most countries, the PRS has primarily been a transitional housing tenure, but increasingly it is becoming a long-term or even life-long housing tenure. For example, private renting is increasingly accommodating groups who would have previously gained access to social housing, such as low-income households with children and households dependent on government benefits for their income. There is also evidence that younger professionals are positively choosing the flexibility associated with private renting. In this stream, we are interested in examining both the factors underlying the expansion of the PRS and also the implications of long-term renting for the households affected. Some of the key questions that are worthy of examination include:
1. What are the structural factors underlying the expansion of long-term private renting?
2. How has the landlord-tenant relationship been impacted by long-term private renting?
3. Which groups are becoming more likely to enter and remain in private renting and what are the explanations for this?
4. What are the impacts of perpetual insecurity? Are long-term private renters able to create a sense of home; what are the impacts on children and relationships?
5. What is the geography of long-term private renting, both internationally and intra-nationally? Is long-term renting primarily an urban phenomenon?
If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract on-line before September 30, 2019 24:00 GMT
You need to go to the following link https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2020