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Stuck here forever? The dynamics and social consequences of long-term private renting in Australia

Funding: 2014: $185,000
2015: $123,000
2016: $31,963

Project Member(s): Morris, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2014

Summary: A new Generation Rent is emerging in Australia. Already one in 12 Australian households ¿ many families among them ¿ find that private renting no longer leads to home ownership but is a long-term or permanent reality, exposing them to such risks as forced moves at short notice. Despite the group's large and growing size, little is known of its characteristics or the consequences for children and adults. The project will probe why people become long-term renters, how far they are able to make a home and exercise some control over their circumstances and the ways in which long-term renting affects their wellbeing. Yielding new analytical insights into the long-term effects of housing insecurity, the study will also inform housing policy.


Morris, A 2020, '‘I wouldn’t want to buy even if I had the money.’ The rise of renters by choice'.

Hulse, K, Morris, A & Pawson, H 2019, 'Private Renting in a Home-owning Society: Disaster, Diversity or Deviance?', Housing, Theory and Society, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 167-188.
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Morris, A, Hulse, K & Pawson, H 2017, 'Long-term private renters: Perceptions of security and insecurity', Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 653-669.
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Pawson, H, Hulse, K & Morris, A 2017, 'Interpreting the rise of long-term private renting in a liberal welfare regime context', Housing Studies, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 1062-1084.
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Keywords: long-term private renters, housing policy, rental tenure security and consequences

FOR Codes: Social Structure and Health, Social Policy, Housing Markets, Development, Management, Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Housing markets, development and management, EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE, Public health (excl. specific population health), Evaluation of health and support services