The Private Rental Sector Under Socialism

  • József Hegedüs
  • Alexander Puzanov


Private residential leases were nominally inexistent and barely tolerated under communist regimes: they were inconsistent with the theory and ideology of the socialist housing system. However, in practice, every socialist state was forced to accept a compromise and overlook the existence of various forms of private housing including different forms of private rental. Despite the largely missing official data, the authors set out to give an overview of the practice of letting, subletting, and the regulated forced rental system in socialist regimes, drawing on small-scale surveys and studies by Western visiting scholars and literary sources. The history of private renting helps to understand the attitudes of different stakeholders in the post-transitional period.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • József Hegedüs
    • 1
  • Alexander Puzanov
    • 2
  1. 1.Metropolitan Research InstituteBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Urban EconomicsMoscowRussian Federation

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