Renting Reimagined: Co-developing recommendations for change with Private Renters to revamp the Scottish Rental Market

  • Simcock, T. (Speaker)
  • Alex Marsh (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Tom Moore (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper presents findings from a research project that aimed to better understand the experiences of private renters and their priorities for change in the Scottish private rental sector. The research project was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in partnership with the Scottish Government, in order to inform the development of the Scottish Government's Rented Sector Strategy and future reform. The paper draws upon data collected through a mixed-methods approach, including a survey of private renters, qualitative interviews with a sample of renters, and workshops with renters, stakeholders and policymakers. The findings reveal that private renters in Scotland face significant challenges related to affordability, property conditions and repairs, and landlord and letting agent professionalism. The paper also presents recommendations for change that were co-designed with private renters through workshops and aim to improve the affordability, quality and security of the private rental sector for renters, particularly those on lower incomes. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of ongoing research in this area to inform policy and practice, and to support the Scottish Government's ambition to deliver the Right to Adequate Housing for all.
Period29 Mar 2023
Event titleHousing Studies Association Annual Conference 2023: Futures of Housing Justice
Event typeConference
LocationSheffield, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational