Dissertation: Housing Deprivation and Tenure Preference in European Housing Policies

Housing Deprivation and Tenure Preference in European Housing Policies

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Studienreihe wirtschaftsrechtliche Forschungsergebnisse, volume 213

Hamburg , 200 pages

ISBN 978-3-339-11904-9 (print) |ISBN 978-3-339-11905-6 (eBook)

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At the heart of housing research is the house. More than simply a structure, a house is the primary place where living transpires. Therefore, it is essential that a house offers a level of quality sufficient to provide a humane living experience. For over a century, governments have intervened into the provision and acquisition of housing, and owner-occupation tenure has generally received a greater amount of attention from housing policy in most European housing systems. Meanwhile, the problem of poor quality living conditions persisting in many European countries has received relatively little attention in the development and maintenance of housing subsidization and taxation systems. While promotion of homeownership is still pursued primarily through instruments of subsidization and taxation, it is of utmost importance that these means do not undermine what should be a fundamental end of housing policy: providing good quality living conditions for all people, regardless of whether they own or rent their home.

Housing Deprivation and Tenure Preference in European Housing Policies considers the disconnect between governments’ housing policies and actual living conditions of households living in poor quality conditions. Information from the research project Tenancy Law and Housing Policy in Multi-level Europe (TENLAW) is combined with data from the Office of Statistics of the European Union (Eurostat) to investigate correlations between housing policy favouring owner-occupation tenure and the occurrence of poor quality living conditions, represented in the work by the more definite concept of housing deprivation. Following an overview of the historical development of housing policy, housing policy instruments and problems in housing are summarized. To test the thesis of a correlation between preference for home ownership and housing deprivation, a typology is presented for classifying countries into tenure preference type based on their strength of preference for promoting home ownership. Comparing rates of housing deprivation in these tenure preference types leads finally to conclusions about associations between preference in a country’s housing policy in favour of owner-occupation tenure and the rates of occurrence of housing deprivation.

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