Spaces of exception: governing fuel poverty in England’s multiple occupancy housing sector

September 2016 | Stefan Bouzarovski and Jenni Cauvain

Homes in multiple occupancy (HMOs) – residential properties containing common areas shared by several households – are a growing feature of the housing landscape across the UK. They have often been subject to political stigmatization as a result, in part, of comprising poor quality dwellings. This paper uses a “spaces of exception” framework to explore the juridical and material mechanisms involved in the rise of fuel poverty among people living in HMOs.


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