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A housing failure: it’s not more rental stock we need; it’s more of the right kind of houses

Cheshire, Paul (2016) A housing failure: it’s not more rental stock we need; it’s more of the right kind of houses. Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog (10 Oct 2016). Website.

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Posted by Paul Cheshire, LSE & SERC The RICS recently called for a big boost to building houses specifically for rent because, they claimed, there will be an additional 1.8 million households looking for rental property by 2020. This misses the point and will not address the causes of our housing crisis. Our problem is not a shortage of rental housing; it is a shortage of housing - full stop. All houses are owned and occupied, vacant or rented and renting is a substitute for owning. As a result in the long run rents and prices tend to move more or less in step for a given type of house. But we have not only a shortage of houses but an unbalanced offer of houses. They are on average too small, not well enough designed or built, and in the wrong locations. That is cramped houses in places people do not really want to live. But because there is such a shortage both prices and rents have been rising consistently in real terms for two generations.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://spatial-economics.blogspot.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: European Institute
Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Greater London Group
Collections > LSE Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 10:07
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 23:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/82553

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