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The face of Property Guardianship: Online property advertisements, categorical identity and googling your next home

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JournalPeople, Place & Policy online
DateAccepted/In press - 15 May 2020
DatePublished (current) - 27 Aug 2020
Issue number2
Volume14
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)142-156
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper examines the phenomenon of “property guardianship” in England, focusing on property guardians’ entry into this precarious sector and the reality of their occupation. Drawing on data from a survey of 217 London-based property guardians and an analysis of 512 online property guardian advertisements, we examine: (i) how property guardian advertisements construct this form of accommodation as a destination for young people unable to afford private rented accommodation, and (ii) whether this image meets the reality of day-to-day occupation in the sector. We argue that these advertisements reveal tensions between the presentation of this form of accommodation – billed as a solution to the precarity caused by the lack of housing affordability for young renters – and the precariousness experienced by those living in the sector.

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