Tenant participation in the private rented sector

This project reviews existing evidence on tenant participation and activism in the private rented sector. We are looking at global evidence from the academic literature as well as UK-wide evidence from the ‘grey’ literature.

We are taking a Realist approach to processing and analysing this evidence. This means that instead of asking “does tenant participation and activism work in the private rented sector?”, we are asking “what kinds of activism and participation work, for whom and in what circumstances?”. We will be looking at literature on tenant participation in the private rented sector, as well as looking at other relevant work from outside this narrow field.

In doing so we aim to:

  • Map out causal pathways and enable us to understand what types of participation and activism work in generating positive housing and other outcomes for tenants in the private rented sector, in what circumstances and why
  • Draw on literature from other areas (most notably the social rented sector) to enhance our understanding of how to improve tenant participation and housing outcomes in the private rented sector

We are carrying out this review in partnership with the University of Stirling and the project is funded by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

This project has significant input and oversight from organisations across the UK, including Generation Rent, Shelter, TPAS Scotland, Scottish Association of Landlords, Supporting Communities (NI), Housing Rights (NI), Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Tai Pawb.

The input of partners will help ensure that the review is sufficiently well informed of current developments in the UK private rented sector and that its outputs will be relevant and useful to those currently working and living in the sector. 

A report on the findings of this review will be published by CaCHE by the end of 2019. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more please contact Lisa Garnham at the GCPH (0141 330 1924) or Steve Rolfe at the University of Stirling (01786 467 749) for more information.