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



Soaita, Adriana Mihaela, Searle, Beverley Ann, McKee, Kim and Moore, Tom ORCID: 0000-0001-5943-3378
(2017) Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain. HOUSING STUDIES, 32 (5). pp. 613-637.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Private rental sector, landlords, asset-based welfare, property, inequality, United Kingdom
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 13:25
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:30
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1228855
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3023735