One in three households in London is renting privately. Whilst the private rented sector can offer the flexibility desired by many young professionals and students, its standard assured shorthold tenancy agreements of six months to one year can also have a negative impact on households who are looking for more stability. The sector is expected to grow by 50% and become the largest tenure in London by 2025, reaching 1.4 million homes in the next decade. Today, people are renting for longer and the profile of households renting privately has also become more varied.
I have chosen the London Borough of Haringey as a case study for a variety of reasons: Haringey’s population is the fifth most ethnically diverse in the country and it is also growing. Also, over one third of households rent privately in wards such as Crouch End, Highgate and Harringay and there has been a considerable growth in private renting in wards such as Northumberland Park, Tottenham Hale and White Hart Lane between the 2001 and 2011 censuses.
The research aims to contribute to discussions of security in housing studies from the perspective of renters. The data collected will be analysed and used for the production of journal articles, conference papers and other academic outputs with strict preservation of anonymity.
If you are a private renter in Haringey, I would like to invite you to take part in my survey. All responses will be anonymous. Your participation will be highly appreciated and will be a valuable addition to my research as it will provide me with much of the evidence I am looking for.