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    The Financialization of Rental Housing: Evictions And Rent Regulation


    Lima, Valesca (2020) The Financialization of Rental Housing: Evictions And Rent Regulation. Cities, 105 (10287).

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    Abstract

    Evictions in the private rental sector have acquired primary importance in the public debate. Unaffordable rents and insecurity in the private rented sector have been appointed as one of the primary reasons for homelessness. Due to high rental prices and a chronic housing shortage, families who are not able to find alternative ac- commodation might fall into homelessness when they are evicted from their homes. This study contributes to the current understanding of the conditions that led to the lack of affordable housing and limited housing options in Ireland. While a range of factors contribute to the housing and homelessness crisis in the country, this paper examines current data and legislation relating to the entry of corporate landlords into the private real estate market. In the face of the unhelpful structural trends of rising poverty and increasing homelessness, this work argues that current levels of homelessness are associated with insecurity in the private rented sector and rising rent unaffordability. This paper finds that the current housing policy framework that focuses on temporary remediation is increasing the commitment to financial actors connected to global corporations and collaborating to the weak regulation of the housing market.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Homelessness; Evictions; Housing crisis; Rent arrears; Equity funds;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13092
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102787
    Depositing User: Valesca Lima
    Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 14:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Cities
    Refereed: Yes
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