This chapter focuses on how housing inequalities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws on interviews with households living in poor-quality housing and investigates how pre-existing housing conditions amplify residents' experiences of that housing. It also covers physical characteristics of dwellings, such as damp and heating problems, and social aspects that include dealing with landlords and not enough space. The chapter highlights mental health challenges that are amplified by poor-quality housing, which are largely caused by people spending most of their time at home with substandard conditions that are ever-present in their lives. It highlights key findings from the new rapid empirical research undertaken within the UK, presenting the concerns, impacts, and lived experiences of both residents and professionals dealing with poor-quality housing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolume 2
Subtitle of host publicationHousing and Home
EditorsBrian Doucet, Pierre Filion, Rianne Van Melik
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781529218978, 9781529218985
ISBN (Print)9781529218961
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameGlobal Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities
PublisherBristol University Press


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