The challenges of living in Scotland’s private rented sector

This report sets out the findings of the qualitative research element of the Tenants’ priorities for reforming the PRS in Scotland project, undertaken collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Huddersfield (previously Edge Hill University) and CaCHE.

A qualitative element involving focus groups and semi-structured interviews with low-income renters and stakeholders. Two online focus groups (N=7) and 37 remote semi-structured interviews were conducted with low-income renters between October 2021 and April 2022. One focus group (N=8) and one remote semi-structured interview with stakeholder organisations were conducted during November 2021.

The report sets out a number of key challenges faced by low-income renters, across the following themes: (1) Choice, Flexibility and Responsibility in the PRS; (2) Accessing Accommodation and Housing Exclusion; (3) Affordability; (4) Property Conditions and Repairs; (5) Making a Home; (6) Protected Characteristics; and (7) Awareness of Rights and Priorities for Change.

Authors: Kim McKee, Tom Simcock, and Jennifer Harris


Date: September 30, 2022 12:01 am

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