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The changing legal framework: from landlords to agents of social control

Hunter Caroline

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346858
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0008
The changing legal framework: from landlords to agents of social control

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This chapter summarises how the many changes to legislation since 1996 have increased the social control function of social landlords in two ways. First, the legal powers of social landlords have been strengthened, and second, the legal framework has shifted the scope of social housing management beyond the regulation of individual tenants. It now includes the governance of non-tenants and entire localities or neighbourhoods. The chapter also illustrates the large variation between landlords in their willingness and capacity to use such enhanced powers, which indicate that the role of social housing in ASB governance cannot be easily generalised.

Keywords: legislation; changes; social control function; legal powers; legal framework; social landlords; social housing management; social housing

Chapter.  6523 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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