Originally published in 1988, this book documents and explains the emergence of flat ‘break-ups’ – the sale of individual owner occupation of blocks of flats which were previously privately rented and which played a major role in the transformation of the private housing market in London since the 1960s. The book shows that the flat break-up market in London was not a unique phenomenon but one of the most geographically concentrated manifestations of the trend for sales from private renting to owner occupation which has been established in the UK since the 1920s. The interrelationship between the causes of the decline of the privately rented sector in Britain and the features specific to the flat market comprises the second theme of the book.
Table of Contents
1. The Production and Transformation of Urban Residential Space 2. London’s Many Mansions: The Tenurial Transformation of London’s Purpose-Built Flat Sector 3. The Rise and Fall of Investor Landlordism in Britain 4. From Renting To Owning: The Tenure Transfer Process 5. The Preconditions for Flat Break-Ups, 1945-65 6. The Development of the Flat Break-Up Market, 1965-80 7. The Biggest Break-Up of the All: The Rise and Fall of London County Freehold’s ‘Key Flats’ Empire 8. Varieties of Landlord Response: Investor and Trading Landlords 9. The Social Costs and Consequences of Break Up 10. The International Parallels: A Comparative Analysis of Britain, the United States and Holland 11. Resident Protest and State Intervention: A Comparative Analysis 12. Conclusions.
Chris Hamnett is Professor Emeritus at King's College London and Bill Randolph is Professor at City Futures Research Centre at UNSW Sydney, Australia.