Slumlords in the Swedish Welfare state : how is it possible?

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Slumlords in the Swedish Welfare state : how is it possible?

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dc.contributor.author Blomé, Gunnar
dc.contributor.author Lind, Hans
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-11T12:49:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-11T12:49:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 196-210 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1753-8270 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14208
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to try to explain how long-term mismanagement of a housing estate could arise in a country with a strong legal framework aimed at preventing such situations. Design/methodology/approach – Assuming that both tenants and landlords are rational, the paper presents a set of hypotheses that is consistent with the information available. Findings – It is argued that the tenants stayed even though the rent was higher and the quality was lower than in neighboring areas because of a combination of three factors: rents were paid by different forms of welfare payments; lack of alternatives because of queues to other areas; and because some tenants saw an advantage in the “no-question” asked policy that the slumlord followed. It is further argued that the property owner found this slum-strategy profitable either because he hoped to find a “bigger fool” to sell to and/or because the decision makers in the company had not invested their own money. Both tenants and investors were, in the end, losers, but not the company managers. Social implications – The Swedish legal framework is, to a large extent, based on the idea that tenants should take action when there are problems. For several reasons the tenants in the area did not do that and it indicates that a more active role for the local authorities is necessary. Originality/value – The paper focuses on an interesting case that most people thought could not occur and tries to explain this within a framework of rational actors. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited en_US
dc.subject Housing en_US
dc.subject Rents en_US
dc.subject Social problems en_US
dc.subject Slumlord en_US
dc.subject Rental housing en_US
dc.subject Neglected maintenance en_US
dc.subject Speculative investors en_US
dc.subject Sweden en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Slumlords in the Swedish Welfare state : how is it possible? en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17538271211225931 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis;2
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 5 en_US
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