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Living on the Margins: Comparing Older Private Renters and Older Public Housing Tenants in Sydney, Australia

Living on the Margins: Comparing Older Private Renters and Older Public Housing Tenants in... An increasing number of older Australians are dependent on the private rental market for their accommodation. Through the use of semi-structured in-depth interviews, the life circumstances of older renters (65 plus) in both public housing and private rented accommodation in Sydney are explored and compared. Using Amartya Sen's concepts of capabilities and functionings, the study illustrates that due mainly to lower accommodation costs and greater security of tenure, the public housing tenants interviewed had far greater capability to live a life they valued. In contrast, most interviewees in the private rental market were struggling financially and were extremely anxious about their security of tenure. Their capacity to control their present and their future was very limited. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Housing Studies Taylor & Francis

Living on the Margins: Comparing Older Private Renters and Older Public Housing Tenants in Sydney, Australia

Housing Studies , Volume 24 (5): 15 – Sep 1, 2009
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Taylor & Francis
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ISSN
1466-1810
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0267-3037
DOI
10.1080/02673030903087566
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Abstract

An increasing number of older Australians are dependent on the private rental market for their accommodation. Through the use of semi-structured in-depth interviews, the life circumstances of older renters (65 plus) in both public housing and private rented accommodation in Sydney are explored and compared. Using Amartya Sen's concepts of capabilities and functionings, the study illustrates that due mainly to lower accommodation costs and greater security of tenure, the public housing tenants interviewed had far greater capability to live a life they valued. In contrast, most interviewees in the private rental market were struggling financially and were extremely anxious about their security of tenure. Their capacity to control their present and their future was very limited.

Journal

Housing StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2009

Keywords: Housing tenure; private rented housing; housing affordability; older private renters; older public housing tenants; housing affordability; capabilities

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