The Dynamics of Landlord-Tenant Law and Residential Finance: The Comparative Economics of Home Ownership

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This Article attempts to place the evolution of British landlord-tenant law in a broader perspective in two respects. First, it examines the dynamic relationship between landlord-tenant law and home finance law, which until now have been perceived as discrete, unrelated bodies of doctrine. Second, it explores the interplay between those two systems of law, the markets in which they operate, and the society in which they exist. Ultimately, this article correlates the drastic changes in the British housing market with a powerful shift in the law govering residential landlords, which diverged from the law governing the primary housing lenders, the British building societies.

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Landlord & tenant -- Great Britain, Housing -- Great Britain, Comparative law, Property, Mortgages -- Great Britain

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James C. Smith (University of Georgia School of Law)

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