Budget 2016: This is where India stands in rental housing sector of the world

Rental Housing is one of the most crucial factors that drive the economy of the real estate sector. Unfortunately, in India the ratio of owned houses to rented houses is dramatically low. And, the private players as well as the government are at work behind this. In the government’s proposed draft National Urban Rental Housing Policy, 2015, the earlier proposal of allotting 20% units for rental housing was ignored completely.

Rental housing mainly comprises of ‘shelters’ for homeless, ‘social rental housing’ for urban poor and ‘need-based rental housing’ for migrant labourers, single women, men, students or other target groups. Then there are also ‘market-driven rental housing’ and ‘institutional rental housing’ such as hostels and paying guest accommodations for working class.

As per census 2011 data, 11.09 million houses are vacant in urban areas. While in India rental housing is ignored, the global scenario is drastically different. Social rental housing accounts for between 20 to 35 per cent of the total housing stock in countries such as Netherlands, the UK, Austria and Hong Kong.

Such poor ratio in India is mainly due to lack of proper regulations and framework, low rental yield, problems with repossession and hike in rent. This info graph shows the global position of India at a glance.

(Image credits: indiatimes, IDFC, IMF report- Global Housing Watch)
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