Private Rental Housing in Transition Countries

An Alternative to Owner Occupation?

  • József Hegedüs
  • Martin Lux
  • Vera Horváth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Private Renting in Transition Countries: Historical Perspectives and Structural Changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marietta Haffner, József Hegedüs, Thomas Knorr-Siedow
      Pages 3-40
    3. József Hegedüs, Alexander Puzanov
      Pages 41-69
    4. Martin Lux, Andreja Cirman, Anneli Kährik, Katarzyna Miaskowska-Daszkiewicz
      Pages 71-95
    5. József Hegedüs, Vera Horváth, Nóra Tosics
      Pages 97-119
    6. Martin Lux, Nóra Teller, Petr Sunega
      Pages 121-146
  3. Country Case Studies: History, Current Status, and Future Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Gojko Bežovan
      Pages 149-166
    3. Martin Lux, Petr Sunega
      Pages 167-188
    4. József Hegedüs, Vera Horváth
      Pages 235-260
    5. Alina Muzioł-Węcławowicz, Magdalena Habdas
      Pages 261-286
    6. Alexander Puzanov
      Pages 287-309
    7. Richard Sendi
      Pages 311-330
  4. Conclusion: Private Renting—A Viable Alternative?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Pascal De Decker, Jana Verstraete, Isabelle Pannecoucke, Ruth Owen
      Pages 333-359
    3. József Hegedüs, Vera Horváth, Eszter Somogyi
      Pages 361-385
    4. József Hegedüs, Vera Horváth, Martin Lux
      Pages 387-411
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 413-418

About this book


This book presents an overview of private rented housing in selected new EU member states and other transition countries – a topic scarcely researched to date, as it is largely part of the informal economy, and consequently often invisible to official statistics. Part I presents the private rented sector in Western and Northern European countries, the history of private renting under socialism in Central and Eastern Europe, and thematic issues such as restitution and marginalized groups depending on privately rented housing. Part II provides a series of country case studies from the Central and East European region. Part III concludes with chapters on the possibility of utilizing the private rental sector in affordable housing provision through good practices in both old and new EU member states, and sets out to further the housing policy debate on European housing regimes. This unique edited collection will be of great value to scholars of and practitioners involved in housing policy and economics, urban development, international relations, politics, economics and sociology.


EU Central and Eastern European region Socialism privatization Czech Republic Croatia Poland Russia Hungary Estonia East Germany

Editors and affiliations

  • József Hegedüs
    • 1
  • Martin Lux
    • 2
  • Vera Horváth
    • 3
  1. 1.Metropolitan Research InstituteBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Metropolitan Research InstituteBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50709-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50710-5
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