Can your tenants help with a research project on older private renters?

Beyond generation rent: understanding the aspirations of older private renters (35+)

Beyond generation rent flier (11 downloads)

Researchers from the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow invite older tenants to have their say about their experiences and challenges in the private rented sector.

If your tenants are aged 35-54, live in Scotland, are not in full time education and would be willing to take part in a one hour telephone interview, please share the flier with them and/or ask them to contact Dr Adriana Soaita via

Project summary

The growth of the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK has fundamentally altered the housing tenure structure.  Whilst most of the policy and media attention has been directed towards young people, who are now one of the largest segments in the PRS, the number of middle aged renters is also on the rise.  Yet this remains a relatively neglected area of housing research in comparison.  This project seeks to address this gap.  Through qualitative interviews, and photo elicitation, with private renters in England and Scotland (aged 35-54), it will provide a deeper understanding of the housing aspirations and lived experience of private tenants beyond ‘Generation Rent’.  It will seek to influence policy to ensure policy interventions are appropriate for all age groups, as well as facilitate learning from policy developments in different parts of the UK.

The project is part of the ongoing work of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. It builds on a previous project entitled ‘The Frustrated Housing Aspirations of Generation Rent’.

Timeline: February – July 2018