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Condominium Governance and Law in Global Urban Context

Edited By Randy K. Lippert, Stefan Treffers Copyright 2021
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book examines condominium, property, governance, and law in international and conceptual perspective and reveals this urban realm as complex and mutating.

    Condominiums are proliferating the world over and transforming the socio-spatial organization of cities and residential life. The collection assembles arguably the most prominent scholars in the world currently working in this broad area and situated in multiple disciplines, including legal and socio-legal studies, political science, public administration, and sociology. Their analyses span condominium governance and law on five continents and in nine countries: the United States (US), China, Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, South Africa, Israel, Denmark, and Spain. Neglected issues and emerging trends related to condominium governance and law in cities from Tel Aviv to Chicago to Melbourne are discerned and analysed. The book pursues fresh empirical inquiries and cogent conceptual engagements regarding how condominiums are governed through law and other means. It includes accounts of a wide range of governance difficulties including chronic anti-social owner behaviour, short-term rentals, and even the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they are being dealt with. By uncovering crucial cross-national commonalities, the book reveals the global urban context of condominium governance and law as empirically rich and conceptually fruitful.

    The book will appeal to researchers and students in socio-legal studies, law, sociology, political science, urban studies, and public administration as well as journalists, social activists, policymakers, and condo owners/board members.

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    Introduction: Condominium Governance and Law in Global Urban Context
    Randy K. Lippert and Stefan Treffers

    Part 1: Conceptualizing Condominium Property, Governance, Law, and Influence

    Chapter 1 - Narratives of property and the limits of legal reform in the English leasehold system and its counterparts in other jurisdictions
    Sarah Blandy

    Chapter 2 – Embedded property
    Douglas C. Harris

    Chapter 3 – Private governance of condominium land: Common law versus statute
    Cathy Sherry

    Chapter 4 – Turnover or roll over?: Property developer legal avoidance and influence on condominium governance in New York City and Toronto
    Randy K. Lippert and Stefan Treffers

    Chapter 5 – Between ownership and privacy: Private surveillance and condominium governance in Israel Dorit Garfunkel

    Part 2: International Case Studies in Condominium Law, Dilemmas of Governance, and Statutory Reform

    Chapter 6 – Homeowner associations’ role in China’s condominium governance
    Lisa Wei Gao

    Chapter 7 – Living with strata towers: A case study of metropolitan Melbourne in disruptive global times
    Rebecca Leshinsky

    Chapter 8 – European and South African law perspectives on the efficacy of sanctions to confront chronic rulebreakers in condominium developments
    Cornelius van der Merwe

    Chapter 9 – Untying built-in knots in Danish condominium law: A balancing of interests
    Kristian Graven Nielsen and Hans Henrik Edlund

    Chapter 10 – New challenges to Spanish condominiums in an economic and pandemic crisis
    Sergio Nasarre-Aznar

    Part 3: Broader Issues and Futures of Condominium Governance

    Chapter 11 – Law reform challenges: An evaluation of Australia’s strata law trends and implications
    Nicole Johnston

    Chapter 12 – The emerging architecture of state regulation in North American condominium governance
    Stefan Treffers

    Chapter 13 – Condominiums aren’t forever: Governance, redevelopment, and implications for the city
    Hazel Easthope and Bill Randolph

    Chapter 14 – Law on paper and law in practice: The contradictions of condominium governance in urban China
    Ngai Ming Yip, Yang Zheng, and Sheng Jiang

    Chapter 15 - Chicago’s "deconversion" waves and the fragility of condominium associations
    Evan McKenzie

    Conclusion: Condominium Governance and Law, Property, and Global Urban Futures



    Randy K. Lippert is Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada, where he specializes in socio-legal studies, urban governance, and security/surveillance. He is author or co-author of some 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is co-author (with K. Walby) of Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (Routledge 2015) and co-editor (with K. Walby) of Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge 2013). He is also co-editor with others of Sanctuary Practices in International Perspective (Routledge 2012), and Eyes Everywhere: Global Growth of Camera Surveillance (Routledge, 2012). He has been visiting professor at the Centre of Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto (2006), and Thinker-in-Residence, Deakin University in Australia (2015).

    Stefan Treffers is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada, with interests in urban governance. His doctoral work is on austerity and urban revitalization projects in Detroit, USA following its unprecedented bankruptcy. He is a member of the CITY Institute at York University and has recently co-authored two articles and one book chapter on condominium governance and law. He has conducted research on a range of topics related to housing governance, policing, social ordering, and surveillance and has published broadly on these topics, most recently in Social & Legal Studies and Housing Studies.