Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain

Adriana Mihaela Soaita (Lead / Corresponding author), Beverley Ann Searle, Kim McKee, Tom Moore

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    Abstract

    Ongoing neoliberal policies have realigned the links between housing and welfare, positioning residential property investment––commonly through homeownership and exceptionally also through landlordism––at the core of households’ asset-building strategies. Nonetheless the private rented sector (PRS) has been commonly portrayed as a tenure option for tenants rather than a welfare strategy for landlords. Drawing on qualitative interviews with landlords across Great Britain, we explore landlords’ different motivations in engaging in landlordism; and the ways in which their property-based welfare strategies are shaped by the particular intersection of individual socioeconomic and life-course circumstances, and the broader socioeconomic and financial environment. By employing a constructionist grounded approach to research, our study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the different ways that asset-based welfare strategies operate within the PRS. We draw attention to an understudied nexus between homeownership and landlordism which we argue represents a promising route for future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)613-637
    Number of pages25
    JournalHousing Studies
    Volume32
    Issue number5
    Early online date27 Sept 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • private rental sector
    • landlords
    • asset-based welfare
    • property
    • inequality
    • United Kingdom

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