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Rental housing and crime: the role of property ownership and management

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  • Terance Rephann

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This paper examines how residential rental property ownership characteristics affect crime. It examines the incidence and frequency of disturbances, assaults, and drug possession and distribution using police incident report data for privately owned rental properties. Results show that a small percentage of rental properties generate incident reports. Count model regressions indicate that the distance that the owner resides from the rental property, size of rental property holdings, tenant Section 8 voucher use, and neighborhood owner-occupied housing rates are associated with reported violations. The paper concludes with recommendations about local government policies that could help to reduce crime in rental housing.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 43 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 435-451

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