New research report
This report, supported by the Berkeley Foundation, reveals the findings from the peer research and co-design stage with landlords, and the group’s proposals for tackling the housing crisis.
This project started with Toynbee Hall’s research and policy team actively recruiting a group of peer researchers. Over the course of 2.5 years, 23 peer researchers have taken part in the research, and a core group of seven in the co-design of recommendations and action phase. Peer researchers were all aged between 18-30, and either currently rent from a private landlord in East London, or have done so within the last five years. We’ve published another report to sit alongside the Rent-Move-Repeat findings and recommendations that focuses specifically on the participatory action research approach. Here we summarise our process and learning from the Rent-Move-Repeat project.Our Participatory Action Research Approach
found that young private renters face challenges across the entire renting
experience, from finding a home, to making a home, to moving out. The research
shows that a number of challenges contribute to a riskier experience of renting
for young private renters:
What we want to see happening at a local level:
● Investment in ethical property management agencies in the capital which guarantee renters’ rights to accessible, affordable and safe housing.
● Development of a website and app, co-designed with renters and hosted by an organisation invested in housing rights, to help renters to get information and support at the correct time, and to successfully manage their tenancy.
Hopes for the future
These films were made by our young private renters with the support of Rainbow Collective and were shown at the Renters Day of Action on 21st Macrh 2023 at Westminster, before a Q & A with Housing Minister, Rachel Maclean MP.
These are the stories of our peer researchers, Hannah, Laura, Samanthi and Harvey.
Rent-Move-Repeat GIF microsite
In May 2021, young private renters from Toynbee Hall’s Participatory Action Research group met with Leila Baker. Leila was a consultant conducting research for Trust for London and The Oak Foundation looking at experiences of temporary accommodation in London.
In the course of the conversation with Leila, the renters realised that precarious and insecure living has become so normalised that they did not initially recognise themselves as being in temporary accommodation. But the temporary nature of the private rented sector impacted on almost every aspect of their lives.
The group wrote an article to communicate their experiences, and were supported by Leila to meet with an arts practitioner, Lisa Meaney to explore and develop creative approaches to share these experiences. Lisa then linked the group in with AW—AR Studio who designed and built ‘Rent-Move-Repeat’.