This internationally edited collection addresses the issues raised by multi-owned residential developments, now established as a major type of housing throughout the world in the form of apartment blocks, row housing, gated developments, and master planned communities. The chapters draw on the empirical research of leading academics in the fields of planning, sociology, law and urban, property, tourism and environmental studies, and consider the practical problems of owning and managing this type of housing. The roles and relationships of power between developers, managing agents and residents are examined, as well as challenges such as environmental sustainability and state regulation of multi-owned residential developments. The book provides the first comparative study of such issues, offering lessons from experiences in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
'The contributions detail diverse legal and institutional arrangements that have been developed to try to protect individual owners from the exploitative behaviours - or merely the indifference - of developers and managing agents. Most importantly, it shows how these systems operate in practice with important lessons for policy makers in every country.' Nick Bailey, University of Glasgow, UK 'As multi-owned housing developments become an increasingly prominent feature of the urban landscape, this collection represents a timely analysis of the many emergent problems and possibilities. The comparative approach, using theoretical approaches from sociology, law and planning, will greatly help policy makers, legal advisers and planners learn from both the successes and the mistakes of their counterparts in other jurisdictions.' Brendan Edgeworth, University of New South Wales, Australia 'The management of multi-owned housing has long been regarded as a practical matter only. This book represents serious pioneering academic efforts to unveil the deeper management issues underlying this proliferating housing type. Its interdisciplinary and international perspectives promise important insights into the governance issues and the sociological and legal implications.' Rebecca L.H. Chiu, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong