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’.
You can read more information about this Participatory Action Research by clicking here. Toynbee Hall is also part of the Renters Reform Coalition, working to end no fault Section 21 evictions. You can support the Renters Reform Coalition by clicking here.
About Toynbee Hall’s Young Private Renters Participatory Action Research Project
What can be done to help young renters to avoid financial hardship, sofa surfing, exploitative informal living arrangements, and to ultimately prevent rough sleeping? Since March 2019, Toynbee Hall has worked with 21 peer researchers to carry out Participatory Action Research to explore the risks private young renters face in East London. The peer researchers worked together with Toynbee Hall’s research and policy team to design the research, conduct and analyse data from surveys and interviews, and host co-design workshops with landlords to develop recommendations to improve the private renting experience for young renters.
About Toynbee Hall
Based in the East End of London since 1884, Toynbee Hall offers high quality services, informed and shaped by the experiences of the people we work with. Our Research and Policy team aims to identify systemic failures which create exclusion and hardship, whether from public policy, legislation, regulation, service or product design, or any form of cultural influence. We ensure that people affected by those failures are involved in designing effective solutions through connecting Experts by Experience and or Peer Researchers to decision-makers and innovators, and supporting them to influence effectively for change.