An assessment of the private rented housing sector: a case study of student housing within Portsmouth

Howlett, Emma (2015) An assessment of the private rented housing sector: a case study of student housing within Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The UK’s private rented sector (PRS) plays a critical role in meeting the growing demand for accommodation within the housing system; whilst also providing those acquiring a rental property a flexible tenure of choice. There are currently over ten million people living in privately rented accommodation. Traditionally, the properties within the PRS have tended to be from converted former-owner occupied buildings towards the lower end of the market; therefore a high proportion of them are over a hundred years old. The secondary research for this study identified various issues within the PRS. The common issues were due to the age of the properties; therefore they experienced issues with poor building materials and were in need of desperate maintenance.
    The aim of this study was to assess the conditions of a sample of the private rented sector within Portsmouth to assess their ability to meet the mandatory standards. A questionnaire was distributed to a sample of students to collect their opinions and personal experiences within the sector. The primary research found the majority of student housing stock in Portsmouth met the Decent Home standards and could therefore be classified as decent; however various areas of concern were identified that reflected the research found from the secondary data research. In conclusion, this research found that introducing a required tenant information pack for each property across the PRS within Portsmouth would be of huge benefit to the tenants with over ninety-six per cent of the respondents agreeing. This pack would provide information for tenants regarding their new home, tenancy agreement, landlord and tenants obligations thus improving the awareness throughout the tenure; preventing students from becoming vulnerable within this sector.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 16:39
    Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 16:39

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