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Panel 63. Transformations in Rental Housing: A Global Perspective


  • Mercedes di Virgilio, Universidad de Buenos Aires, IIGG ∣ CONICET
  • Francisca Bogolasky, Universidad de Chile y COES
  • Adriana Marín, LabCidade, FAU USP y Núcleo de Arriendo IEUT, Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Raquel Rolnik, LabCidade, FAU USP
  • Paula Santoro, LabCidade, FAU USP
  • Isidora Guerreiro, LabCidade, FAU USP


Over the past few decades, numerous major cities in both the Global North and Global South have undergone significant transformations in the realm of rental housing. These changes encompass the growth of the private rental sector, challenges in housing policies, the emergence of new typologies and experiences within the rental housing landscape, the entry of new stakeholders into this market, and the rise of social movements advocating for rental housing.

In Latin America, for instance, within a regional context where historical demands for homeownership have shaped the majority of housing policies, we observe a growing relevance of renting. This phenomenon results in significant heterogeneity in demand profiles and the characteristics of rental housing supply. In the face of expanding urban areas and escalating land and housing costs, new barriers to housing access have emerged, making the “renter issue” a pivotal aspect in the formulation of exclusion mechanisms within cities.

Within this context, this panel aims to delve into recent changes in housing tenure structures, the current conditions characterizing rental housing across diverse markets, and existing regulations, policies, proposals, and their ramifications. We are equally interested in exploring local and global resistance against predatory urban processes that affect rental housing across its various dimensions. We hope to investigate the interconnectedness and disparities between rental processes in different countries, both in the Global North and Global South, examining their approaches, organization, and distinctive features.

Some of the key thematic areas we intend to explore in this panel (while remaining open to other possibilities) include:

  • Rental housing within informal
  • Public policies aimed at promoting rental
  • The influence of digital capitalism on the rental housing
  • The financialization of the rental housing
  • Resistance efforts, social movements, and activism linked to rental
  • Subjectivities associated with
  • Comparative analyses between the Global South and Global
  • Heterogeneity within rental housing markets, processes, and approaches.

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