Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 1125–1148 | Cite as

Residential satisfaction among resettled tenants in public rental housing in Wuhan, China

  • Jintao Li
  • Dezhi Li
  • Xin Ning
  • Jun SunEmail author
  • Hua Du


Residential satisfaction is closely related to the quality of life of residents, especially for the low-income households. The housing policy in China views public rental housing (PRH) and shanty town renovation as the major livelihood projects. To date very few studies have attempted to examine the residential satisfaction of PRH tenants who used to live in shanty towns. Unlike the popular ordered logistic model in existing Chinese studies that often neglect the parallel regression assumption, this study employ generalized ordered logistic model to investigate the resettled tenants’ satisfaction with PRH neighborhood by drawing from a randomly sampled survey of tenants in Wuhan. The empirical analysis suggests that housing and neighborhood characteristics, including per capita living space, housing design, as well as neighborhood and public facilities, exert positive and significant impacts on tenants’ residential satisfaction. Lease management and property services are also significant determinants of tenants’ satisfaction, whereas rent demonstrates negative and significant impact. The variables of residential attitude such as neighborhood interaction, residence comparison and willingness to live, help to enhance tenants’ residential satisfaction. In particular, neighborhood and public facilities are important to predict elderly tenants’ satisfaction. The interaction effects show that the socio-demographic variables such as gender, age, education, occupation, income and household size, are significantly negatively correlated with the residential satisfaction. Housing authorities should put in additional effort to enhance the performance of PRH and shanty town renovation programs and improve resettled tenants’ quality of life.


Residential satisfaction Public rental housing Shanty town renovation Resettled tenants Generalized ordered logistic model China 



This study was financially supported by the MOE (Ministry of Education of China) Project of Humanities and Social Sciences Research (Grant Number 19YJA630035). We owe many thanks to the editor and two anonymous referees for their valuable comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jintao Li
    • 1
  • Dezhi Li
    • 2
  • Xin Ning
    • 3
  • Jun Sun
    • 4
    Email author
  • Hua Du
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and EnvironmentHubei University of TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Civil EngineeringSoutheast UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Investment and Construction ManagementDongbei University of Finance & EconomicsDalianPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.School of Civil Engineering and MechanicsHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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