A new Briefing Paper examines whether less socio-economically advantaged young parents were disproportionately channelled into the private rental sector as it expanded between 2001 and 2011.
The results provide strong evidence that housing divisions have deepened within 'Generation Rent'. Although all types of young parents were much more likely to be renting privately in 2011 as compared with 2001, this shift was particularly pronounced among the less socio-economically advantaged. This seems to be because access to homeownership became more constrained and less equal between 2001 and 2011.
This evidence is important because the problems of stretched affordability, poor dwelling quality and housing insecurity that disproportionately afflict the private rental sector are likely to be particularly experienced by those young parents with fewer resources.