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The number of households that own an additional property beyond their primary home is on the rise in several countries. However, recent studies have been inconsistent in describing such properties, referring, for instance, to the return of private small-scale landlordism, the proliferation of second homes, or the significance of dwellings that are held as investment properties. This special issue mobilises the concept of multiple property ownership (MPO) to provide a more integrated analysis. Doing so, we aim to deepen existing understandings of shifting property relations and property wealth concentration in order to highlight transformative processes at work in current post-crisis housing markets.
In July 2019 I was awarded a VENI grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for my proposal "Investing in inequality: how the increase in private housing investors shapes social divides". Housing increasingly serves as a site for investment. Structural housing-market transformations contribute to the rise of private housing investors buying property to rent out (“buy-to-let”). This project investigates the rise of private investors in the Netherlands, and investigates consequences for access to affordable housing, uneven wealth accumulation, and spatial inequality. This project will start in January 2020 and will run for three years.