Health and wellbeing in the UK private rented sector | enhancing capabilities part 2 | findings from tenant interviews
COVID-19 has exposed how housing operates as one of the key mechanisms through which social inequality translates into inequalities in health and wellbeing. This in turn raises questions on the multiple ways in which living in the private rented sector (PRS) impacts upon tenants’ wellbeing.

The concept of subjective wellbeing is however relatively new to housing research. Satisfaction surveys alone do not provide an adequate measure of wellbeing nor an indication of how well the sector is operating.

The “capability approach” is an alternative way of thinking about and measuring wellbeing. Professor Martha Nussbaum outlines 10 ‘‘essential’’ capabilities that are needed in order to live well. These include bodily health, the emotional landscape, relationships, and feelings of autonomy and control. This study explores the conditions and circumstances through which PRS housing either enhances or detrimentally affects these essential capabilities.

Author(s): Jennifer Harris, Kim McKee
Published: 21 July 2021
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