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What Attributes Determine Housing Affordability?

Mulliner, EK and Maliene, V (2012) What Attributes Determine Housing Affordability? World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, 6 (7). pp. 576-581. ISSN 2010-376X

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The concept of housing affordability is a contested issue, but a pressing and widespread problem for many countries. Simple ratio measures based on housing expenditure and income are habitually used to defined and assess housing affordability. However, conceptualising and measuring affordability in this manner focuses only on financial attributes and fails to deal with wider issues such as housing quality, location and access to services and facilities. The research is based on the notion that the housing affordability problem encompasses more than the financial costs of housing and a households ability to meet such costs and must address larger issues such as social and environmental sustainability and the welfare of households. Therefore, the need arises for a broad and more encompassing set of attributes by which housing affordability can be assessed. This paper presents a system of criteria by which the affordability of different housing locations could be assessed in a comprehensive and sustainable manner. Moreover, the paper explores the way in which such criteria could be measured.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
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Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 11:19
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 14:40
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/468
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