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Housing Politics in the United KingdomPower, Planning and Protest$
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Brian Lund

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327073

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327073.001.0001

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Private landlords: ‘Rachmans’ or ‘residential property-owners’?

Private landlords: ‘Rachmans’ or ‘residential property-owners’?

(p.91) Four Private landlords: ‘Rachmans’ or ‘residential property-owners’?
Housing Politics in the United Kingdom

Brian Lund

Policy Press

This chapter charts the politics involved in the decline and post 1997 growth in the private landlord sector of the housing market. Slum landlord politics in the 19th and early 20th centuries are examined with particular reference to landlord involvement in local politics and labour movement attitudes to private landlords, culminating in the Glasgow rent strike. The electoral politics of rent control from 1915 are explored with the 1957 Rent Act given detailed consideration. The political reasons for the growth in private landlordism post 1997 are investigated with the role of Buy to Let highlighted. The contemporary politics of private landlordism are considered in relationship to the growth of generation rent, Housing Benefit expenditure, rent regulation and institutional investment in private landlordism.

Keywords:   private landlords, buy to let, generation rent, housing benefit, rent control

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