Rental market lacks focus
As per the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, India suffers from housing shortage of about 18.78 million units, spread over economically weaker section (EWS), lower income group (LIG) and middle income group (MIG) categories.
This chasm in housing demand and supply is mainly due to inappropriate positioning of the supply.
Most of the planned supply is targeting the high income group (HIG) though the maximum shortage, i.e. about 95 per cent of the shortage is due to demand from households belonging to the EWS and LIG categories. Thus, high interest rates, spiralling capital values and non-availability of appropriate property have forced most end-users to postpone their buying decisions and are looking for suitable rental options instead.
Thus far, the demand for rental homes has been met primarily by individual landlords and local brokers/estate agents. Market research suggests that there is a huge stock of unoccupied and unsold residential stock that exists within major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, etc, which also face the paradox of having a huge number of homeless or overcrowded households.
Whilst the inventory of unsold stock is the result of poor demand-supply mix by developers, the unoccupied
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