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Contrasting Varieties of Private Renting: England and Germany


  • Peter Kemp
  • Stefan Kofner


After many years of decline, the private rental sector has increased in England, but remains a relatively small part of the housing market. Free market rents and weak security of tenure are widely regarded by private landlords and policymakers in England as essential preconditions for a commercially viable private rental housing market to exist. And yet in Germany - which has a very large private rented sector - 'soft' rent regulation has been in place since 1971 and tenants have very strong security of tenure, conditions that in England would be seen as inimical to investment in the sector. The aim of this paper is to address this puzzle. It asks: how is it that free market rents and weak security of tenure are perceived to be vital ingredients for a successful private rental sector (PRS) in England, when neither exists in Germany, which has a very large PRS?

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  • Peter Kemp & Stefan Kofner, 2010. "Contrasting Varieties of Private Renting: England and Germany," International Journal of Housing Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(4), pages 379-398.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:intjhp:v:10:y:2010:i:4:p:379-398
    DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2010.526401

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    1. John Bone, 2014. "Neoliberal Nomads: Housing Insecurity and the Revival of Private Renting in the UK," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 19(4), pages 1-1.
    2. Ira Gary Peppercorn & Claude Taffin, 2013. "Rental Housing : Lessons from International Experience and Policies for Emerging Markets," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13117, June.
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