Renting an apartment, a room or a house is one of the most common forms of accommodation in towns and cities today1. After a crisis, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas, people affected may seek to rent a place to sleep and for protection whilst they recover, decide to move on, return, settle, or reconstruct. Rental accommodation provides flexibility when the future is uncertain, when mobility is essential, and when home-ownership is not an option; factors which are all often prevalent post-crisis. Renting can also be considered a long-term housing option in its own right and often is for many urban dwellers. Displaced households, particularly those from urban areas, often seek rental accommodation over living in a make-shift shelter or camp. They often prefer finding rental housing close to friends and relatives, and seek areas with access to services, such as schools and markets, where economic opportunities may allow them to recover and build self-reliance.
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