The Persistence of Petty Landlordism
Landlords make good copy. The ‘folk-devil’ image of the landlord has lingered since the early years of the century, reinforced by the reputation of ‘Rachmanism’ in the 1960s, ‘winkling out’ in the 1970s, and housing benefit scandals in the 1980s. Proposals by the Conservative Government to allow market-level rents for new lettings, and to transfer ownership of council estates to private landlords, have resurrected the old fears of tenant exploitation. But popular myths about landlords are no substitute for accurate knowledge. If we are to understand landlordism and property relations, we need more accurate information about who landlords actually are, and the manner in which they operate.
KeywordsHousing Market Social Origin Rental Income British City Business Premise
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