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Marginal rental housing in Australia


Goodman, R and Dalton, T and Gabriel, M and Jacobs, KA and Nelson, A, Marginal rental housing in Australia, AHURI Positioning Paper Series, (148) pp. 1-41. ISSN 1834-9250 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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The aims of this project are: to present a clearer picture of the experiences of low income renters residing in marginal housing; to understand the weaknesses and strengths of legislation and regulations in different states, territories and local government areas; and to establish a typology of marginal renters that has utility for policy-makers. What constitutes marginal rental housing is subject to competing definitions, but for the purposes of this project marginal rental housing encompasses buildings such as motels, boarding rooms and hostels and also caravan parks that cater for long-term residents. While the quality of marginal rental housing is variable from satisfactory to very poor, this project focuses specifically on the poor end of this continuum, which is usually occupied by low-income households.

The renters who reside in boarding houses, hostels and caravan parks include not only vulnerable people on limited incomes, but also students and seasonal workers and retirees. In this Positioning Paper, we: review recent research on marginal renting in the Australian and international contexts; summarise the issues associated with definition and measurement; and examine the Australian state and territory legislation and policy context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Urban policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Gabriel, M (Dr Michelle Gabriel)
UTAS Author:Jacobs, KA (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:78228
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-06-18
Last Modified:2017-11-18
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