Rental Housing


Cities Divided: How Exclusion Of Muslims Sharpens Inequality

By and on March 2nd 2021

Discrimination in rental housing shapes our cities, demarcating what spaces are ‘open’ or ‘closed’ to some citizens. Interviewees told researchers of the Housing Discrimination Project that it makes Muslims feel safe only in some areas, unwelcome elsewhere.

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Overview of urban house ownership in India

By on February 19th 2021

The pattern of house ownership in India varies significantly between rural and urban areas. As against 95% in rural areas, only 69% of the total households in India own houses. This pattern is not surprising as a large share of the total urban population are migrants. This note provides an overview of the house ownership in urban India.

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Anxieties concerning housing among early migrants in Pune

By on February 17th 2021

Housing remains a central issue for migrants in urban India, particularly female migrants. In this historical study of internal labour migration between the late 1960s to early 1980s, the lack of proper housing facilities in Pune city emerges as a major cause of anxiety for a section of migrants from Kerala. A closer examination of their oral narratives reveals gendered constraints in their access to rental housing in an emerging urban space.

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Segregated minds, segregated markets: The nature of rental discrimination against Muslims in Delhi and Mumbai

By on June 12th 2020

Caste and religion crisscross the geographies of our cities. Housing discrimination, systemic and deeply interwoven with market processes, is perhaps the most constant reminder of the divisions and discriminations that citizens face.

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The fallacy of the affordable housing rental package

By on June 7th 2020

A commentary on the government’s proposed affordable rental housing solutions for migrant workers

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National Urban Rental Housing Policy

By on April 28th 2020

Housing is one of the basic necessities of life and the right to housing and adequate shelter is guaranteed in the Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the Constitution of India.

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Social Relations, Rental Housing Markets & the Urban Poor in India

By on April 28th 2020

Cities in poorer countries are home to a heterogeneous mix of tenures: owners, landlords, tenants and sharers jostle for residential accommodation in pursuit of urban livelihoods and social well-being.

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Job loss, rent and exodus — Covid-19 crisis tells us migrants need housing security

By on April 27th 2020

Practising social distancing and staying home to fight the coronavirus is not possible for migrant workers without housing security.

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Informal Rental Housing Typologies and Experiences of Low-income Migrant Renters in Gurgaon

By on April 26th 2020

A significant proportion of the working poor in Asian cities live in slums as renters. An estimated 60–90 per cent of low-income rentals in Asia are in the informal sector; 25 per cent of India’s housing stock comprises informal rentals. Yet informal rentals remain an understudied area.

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Informal rental practices in an old sites and services resettlement: The case of Ambedkar Nagar, Chennai

By on November 24th 2019

This is a diploma thesis profiling informal rental housing through fieldwork carried out in Ambedkar Nagar, a resettlement colony in Chennai. It looks at the differences between local Tamil residents and migrants from the north-eastern region of India, and analyses how financial means can affect housing pathways and the security of tenure for different income groups.

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