1982 volume 14(11) pages 1437 – 1447
doi:10.1068/a141437

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Kemp P, 1982, "Housing landlordism in late nineteenth-century Britain" Environment and Planning A 14(11) 1437 – 1447

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Housing landlordism in late nineteenth-century Britain

P Kemp

Received 1 June 1981, in revised form 11 November 1981

Abstract. The paper examines the form and function of housing landlordism in late nineteenth-century Britain. The first three sections discuss why private renting from housing landlords was the dominant tenure, and how this form of housing realisation was of advantage to tenants, builders, and investors. The paper then discusses the nature of loan capital in house property and the characteristics of housing to let as an investment. Particular emphasis is placed upon the way in which the form taken by the late nineteenth-century housing market was itself structured by the nature of the wider economy, of which it formed a part.

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