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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviourPerspectives, policy and practice$
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John Flint

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346858

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.001.0001

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The changing legal framework: from landlords to agents of social control

The changing legal framework: from landlords to agents of social control

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(p.136) (p.137) Seven The changing legal framework: from landlords to agents of social control
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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour
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Hunter Caroline

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0008

This chapter summarises how the many changes to legislation since 1996 have increased the social control function of social landlords in two ways. First, the legal powers of social landlords have been strengthened, and second, the legal framework has shifted the scope of social housing management beyond the regulation of individual tenants. It now includes the governance of non-tenants and entire localities or neighbourhoods. The chapter also illustrates the large variation between landlords in their willingness and capacity to use such enhanced powers, which indicate that the role of social housing in ASB governance cannot be easily generalised.

Keywords:   legislation, changes, social control function, legal powers, legal framework, social landlords, social housing management, social housing

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