City Futures Research Centre Arts, Design and Architecture

Sustaining private rental tenancies: targeted tenant support across life events and housing transitions

The capacity of low income private renters to successfully sustain tenancies is an emerging policy issue about which little is yet known. Responding to this, the research asked: under what conditions can low income private tenants successfully sustain tenancies across life events and housing transitions, and what policy interventions can most effectively support this?

Informed by the ‘housing pathways’ approach, the research involved an innovative mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Longitudinal analysis of the HILDA survey examined the impact of life events and housing transitions on the capacity of low income private tenants to sustain tenancies. Interviews with low income private tenants in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth examined tenant perceptions, motivations and strategies around sustaining tenancies. Fifteen interviews with key expert practitioners and two policy development workshops facilitated high level policy engagement throughout the life of the project.


Hal Pawson
Professor Hal Pawson
Chief Investigator
Wendy Stone
Chief Investigator
Andrea Sharam
Chief Investigator
Kathleen Hulse
Chief Investigator
Sanna Markkanen
Chief Investigator
Ilan Wiesel  (Vizel)
Dr Ilan Vizel
Chief Investigator

Funded by

Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)

Collaborating partners

Curtin University
Swinburne University of Technology

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