Rental Housing for Young Households in the Czech Republic: Perceptions, Priorities, and Possible Solutions

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Title:Rental Housing for Young Households in the Czech Republic: Perceptions, Priorities, and Possible Solutions
Creators:
Vobecká, Jana; jana dot vobecka at soc dot cas dot cz
Kostelecký, Tomáš; tomas dot kostelecky at soc dot cas dot cz
Lux, Martin; martin dot lux at soc dot cas dot cz
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 50, 3, pp. 365-391
Uncontrolled Keywords:housing policy, rental housing, focus group, young households, family planning, Czech Republic

Abstract

This paper describes changes in the housing market after the collapse of communism in Central Europe and analyses the current functions and perceptions of the private rental housing in the Czech Republic. It aims to understand why private rental housing is perceived as a sub-optimal housing solution for young adults, whether this affects their family plans, and which policy design could change that. The article uses qualitative research techniques to analyse mental frames, opinions, and attitudes of both potential tenants and landlords towards rental housing. The authors argue that the main problem of rental housing for young tenants is the short-term lease. Lack of mutual trust between tenants and landlords is a main cause of short-term contracts in the private rental segment. The insecurity it produces among young tenants contributes to delayed family formation. A policy tool aiming to overcome that distrust between tenants and private landlords through the involvement of an independent third party as a guarantor of the relationship is discussed.

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Title:Rental Housing for Young Households in the Czech Republic: Perceptions, Priorities, and Possible Solutions
Creators:
Vobecká, Jana; jana dot vobecka at soc dot cas dot cz
Kostelecký, Tomáš; tomas dot kostelecky at soc dot cas dot cz
Lux, Martin; martin dot lux at soc dot cas dot cz
Uncontrolled Keywords:housing policy, rental housing, focus group, young households, family planning, Czech Republic
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:50
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 365-391
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
Related URLs:
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http://avi.lib.cas.cz/node/83Publisher
ID Code:8596
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:08 Feb 2016 18:46
Last Modified:08 Feb 2016 17:46

Citation

Vobecká, Jana; Kostelecký, Tomáš; Lux, Martin (2014) Rental Housing for Young Households in the Czech Republic: Perceptions, Priorities, and Possible Solutions. Czech Sociological Review, 50 (3). pp. 365-391. ISSN 0038-0288

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