Hybridity in the housing sector: examining impacts on social and private rented sector tenants in Scotland



Rolfe S, Garnham L, Anderson I, Seaman P, Godwin J & Donaldson C (2020) Hybridity in the housing sector: examining impacts on social and private rented sector tenants in Scotland. Housing Studies, 35 (6), pp. 1050-1072.

Housing Associations in many countries exhibit increasing levels of ‘hybridity’, as reductions in state financing for social housing, exacerbated by austerity policies since the 2008 crash, have instigated ‘enterprising’ approaches to maintaining income. Alongside this, hybrid organisations have emerged in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), responding to sectoral growth and consequent increases in vulnerable households entering private renting. These developing hybridities have been considered at a strategic level, but there has been little exploration of the impacts on tenants. This paper examines two organisations, operating across the social and private rented sectors, to elucidate potential implications for tenants. The research suggests that different forms of hybridity can affect tenant outcomes and, moreover, that examining such impacts is important in understanding hybridity itself. Furthermore, the study suggests that emerging forms of hybridity, particularly in the PRS, may be blurring the boundaries between housing sectors, with implications for policy and research.

Housing; homelessness; hybridity; social housing; private rented sector; social enterprise

Housing Studies: Volume 35, Issue 6

FundersMRC Medical Research Council
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online07/08/2019
Date accepted by journal18/07/2019
PublisherInforma UK Limited

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Professor Isobel Anderson
Professor Isobel Anderson

Professor, Housing Studies

Dr Steve Rolfe
Dr Steve Rolfe

Lecturer in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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