1st Edition

Evictions in the UK Power, Housing, and Politics

By Joe Crawford Copyright 2021
    178 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Evictions in the UK examines the relationships between tenants, landlords, housing providers and government agencies and the tensions and conflicts that characterise these relations. The book shows how power dynamics are being reconfigured in the post-welfare context of the first quarter of the 21st century, as evictions for rent arrears are becoming one of the most significant threats to both the wellbeing of the social housing sector and the welfare of its tenants.

    Embracing both practical and critical approaches, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of the contradictory and thus controversial issue of evictions. It explores the range of perspectives involved in the practice – landlords carrying out evictions, those agencies providing legal assistance to evictees, as well as academics and institutions charged with researching and regulating the process. Drawing on three case studies relating to evictions across Scotland and England, this book provides a comprehensive look at the punitive consequences of poverty (evictions for rent arrears) and status (evictions under immigration law) that are applicable to social housing systems worldwide. Based on original, primary-source data, this book will be a key resource for academics and students as well as policy makers and practitioners in the fields of housing studies, planning, social welfare, and political sociology.

    Part One: The World of Housing

    Chapter One. Evictions: Reflections from the Front Line

    Chapter Two. The Legal and Regulatory Context

    Chapter Three. A Political Economy of Housing in the UK

    Part Two: The People of Housing

    Chapter Four. "I just want tenants who will pay their rent on time"

    Chapter Five. "They just don’t see the bigger picture"

    Chapter Six. "They want us to become immigration officers"

    Part Three The Practice of Housing

    Chapter Seven. Constructing a Theoretical Model

    Chapter Eight. The Parallax of Professional Practice

    Chapter Nine. Power, Housing and Politics

    Chapter Ten. What are the Alternatives to Eviction?


    After almost a decade as Housing Aid Worker at Shelter in Glasgow, Joe Crawford made the transition to academia. After working in several academic institutions in the UK he established Erasmus Research, a collective of academics and activists.