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Title:Contribution of migrants from agriculture based areas to rental housing production in Dar es Salaam
Author:Kiduanga, Juma R.
Periodical:Utafiti (ISSN 0856-096X)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:rural-urban migration
rental housing
Abstract:The relationship between rural-urban migration and rental housing production in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is discussed. The population of Dar es Salaam has increased from 129,000 in 1957 to 4,000,000 people in 2009. Most of the growth was due to rural-urban migration. Land and finance are key factors in the decision-making of migrating individuals and households. Most in-migrants rely on the purchase of land in informal settlements. Money is mainly raised through wages in the formal sector, but many migrants also maintain a link with rural areas where they practise small trade, sell agricultural products, or are directly engaged in farm activities for raising housing finance. Housing available in Dar es Salaam is of three types: traditional, semi-modern, and modern housing. The choice of a rental accommodation depends on the location, the envisaged period of urban residence, the cost of renting relative to ownership, and the preference to invest in other sectors than owner-construction. The generation of income is an important function of housing. Rental incomes depend on the location and quality of the house. The income is used to maintain living standards and ties with relatives in the agricultural areas. It also helps retired, elderly owners. Demand for rented housing is high. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]