Rental Housing Arrangements for Domestic Workers: An Assessment of 103 Setups in Jaipur, Rajasthan


How do domestic workers live in our cities? By following them into their homes, this report reflects on issues of adequacy, affordability and viability of low-income rentals in Jaipur. It looks at employment and housing in conjunction, and defines housing as encompassing not just the physical structure of the house but access to amenities, social infrastructure and legal status. It introduces ‘setup’ as a unit of analysis to better understand the everyday reproduction of the domestic life of workers. This report is useful for urban local bodies to run improvement programmes, worker organisations to better understand issues of housing for workers in cities, and researchers for re-evaluating their conceptualization of low-income housing.