Why girls pay more than boys to be pay­ing guests

The bet­ter and safer the lo­cal­ity, the higher the price premium

The Hindu Business Line - - FRONT PAGE - GARIMA SINGH

Girls cough up more than boys for pay­ing guest (PG) ac­com­mo­da­tion, par­tic­u­larly in Delhi-NCR.

Ev­ery year, many young adults come to the na­tional cap­i­tal ei­ther for higher stud­ies or to look for job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Their big­gest chal­lenge is to find a place to live.

Most first-timers opt for PG ac­com­mo­da­tion be­cause room rentals can be steep. But strik­ingly, there is a gen­der dis­par­ity in the amounts they pay. In Del­hiNCR, girls of­ten have to pay more than boys.

20% dif­fer­ence in rents

There is a dif­fer­ence of at least 20 per cent in the rent for PG ac­com­mo­da­tion for girls and for boys, even within the same lo­cal­ity. At times, the dif­fer­ence can be as much as 50 per cent.

Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket an­a­lysts, sin­gle-oc­cu­pancy rooms for girls start at ₹12,000; for boys, they are avail­able for ₹9,500.

“Typ­i­cally, girls do not share rooms, but that’s not an is­sue with boys. Also, girls pre­fer to live in a bet­ter lo­cal­ity, which also pushes up the rent,” said Ritu Wad­hwa, owner of a PG in Noida.

Land­lords have to in­cur more ex­penses on se­cu­rity in PG fa­cil­i­ties for girls; that could be an­other rea­son for the higher rentals, she added.

“Gen­er­ally, PG ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties for boys don’t al­ways find tak­ers be­cause in many cases, they opt for a flat. Given the lower de­mand, the prices are low,” pointed out Utk­ersh Ku­mar, a bro­ker.

Su­nil Ya­dav, an­other bro­ker, said that, typ­i­cally, girls pre­fer fewer room­mates, so own­ers re­duce the num­ber of beds and in­crease the rent. Also, girls pre­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion closer to their ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, which are a bit more ex­pen­sive, given the lo­ca­tion.

Re­cently, or­gan­ised play­ers such as CoHo have en­tered the af­ford­able hous­ing seg­ment for stu­dents. “There is a need for a level play­ing field: in the or­gan­ised sec­tor, the of­fer­ings are the same, so stu­dents — girls or boys — pay the same amount,” said John Ja­cob, As­so­ciate Vice-Pres­i­dent, CoHo. Typ­i­cally, girls pay at least 20 per cent more than boys as rent for PG ac­com­mo­da­tion, even within the same lo­cal­ity

K MURALI_KUMAR

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