Climate change adaptation in the rental sector

Lesley Instone*, Kathleen J. Mee, Jane Palmer, Miriam Williams, Nicola Vaughan

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This chapter examines both assets and barriers for climate adaptation in the rental housing sector through a case study of renters and housing managers in regional Australia. The study included in-depth semi-structured interviews with 22 tenants and 17 housing managers in the public and private housing sectors. A wide range of secondary sources including media articles, sustainable renting guides and legislative and policy documents. Private sector tenants believed that negative social and political attitudes to renters in Australia were an obstacle to changing tenancy conditions and improving housing. There was a wide range of views among property managers about the importance or reality of climate change, from belief to some scepticism. Amending tenancy conditions to enhance the active contribution of tenants to climate change adaptation may require innovative legislative frameworks that reflect climate change and equity imperatives as well as protection for landlords and tenants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied studies in climate adaptation
EditorsJean P. Palutikof, Sarah L. Boulter, Jon Barnett, David Rissik
Place of PublicationChichester, West Sussex
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781118845028
ISBN (Print)9781118845011
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian rental housing sector
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Tenancy conditions


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