Urban Rental Housing Market: Caste and Religion Matters in Access

In this paper, the authors explore the explicit and implicit biases that affect access to housing in the National Capital Region of Delhi. Using the ‘audit method’ in five metropolitan areas- Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Noida , the experience of 1479 home seekers was taken into account in this study.

Further, 26 case studies of Dalit and Muslim individuals was captured to highlight the challenges that they have to go through in this pursuit of housing. Despite having similar attributes, 41% of Dalit and 66% of Muslim home-seekers received either differential terms of stay, or were given negative and exclusionary responses. Meanwhile, all upper caste Hindu home-seekers received positive responses in their search for housing. This is a major cause of concern, especially when seen in the implementation of SDG10 (Reduced Inequalities).

Source: Economic and Political Weekly

People Involved: Sukhadeo Thorat, Anuradha Banerjee, Vinod K Mishra and Firdaus Rizvi