Citation Hoolachan J, McKee K & Moore T (2016) CHR Briefing 4 - Housing Young People in Rural Areas. Centre for Housing Research. CHR Briefings, 4. St Andrews. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/8395/CHR_Briefing_Paper_4.pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y
Abstract First paragraph: In recent years, the inability of many young people to access homeownership or social housing has meant that some remain in the parental home for long periods of time, while others have turned to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) to meet their housing needs. This sector has nearly doubled in size in the past 15 years, with evidence indicating that since 2005, and for the first time since the 1960s, there is more privately rented than socially rented housing1
. Young people constitute 45-50% of private renters2 which has given rise to the term ‘Generation Rent’. These young renters are likely to have different housing experiences in comparison to their parents’ and grandparents’ generations; stimulating debates about inter-generational conflict3. While the PRS began to grow prior to the 2007/08 financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures, the housing difficulties faced by young people have intensified in the post-crisis period. This is especially the case for those reliant on welfare benefits which have been continuously reduced since 2010.