University of St Andrews

McKee Interviewed by The National on Private Rented Sector

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Dr Kim McKee, was interviewed by Peter Geoghegan for a front-page feature on problems in Scotland's Private Rented Sector: Rising Rents and Falling Standards Bring Misery, published 16th December.

McKee, reflecting on her current Leverhulme-funded research on housing wealth and intergenerational justice, highlighted how housing is now becoming a key marker of inequality in society, with growing numbers of young people remaining in the sector for longer periods: a phenomenon dubbed 'Generation Rent'.   McKee underlined the need for better regulation and more security of tenure for tenants, given the changing nature of the sector and the tenant profile within it.  The sector has doubled in size over the last decade, and houses a growing number of low-income and vulnerable groups, including homeless households and families with children.