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close this bookSupport Measures to Promote Rental Housing for Low-Income Groups (HABITAT, 1993, 132 p.)
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Open this folder and view contentsI. CHARACTERISTICS OF TENANTS AND OTHER NON-OWNERS AND LANDLORDS
Open this folder and view contentsII. THE EFFECTS OF LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY INTERVENTION
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Open this folder and view contentsIV. SUPPORT FOR FORMAL-SECTOR RENTAL HOUSING
Open this folder and view contentsV. SUPPORT FOR INFORMAL-SECTOR HOUSING CONSTRUCTION
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VIII. CONCLUSION

The conclusion to this report is straightforward. There is an overwhelming need in every society, both developed and less developed, to redress the current imbalance in the structure of the housing market. At present, owner-occupiers receive many favours from the State and tenants and landlords very few. This bias needs to be remedied and a more tenure-neutral policy introduced. The reason why is simple. Every society needs to offer its people a wide range of housing choices to accommodate their needs. Part of that range of choice involves tenure. Those governments that have deliberately and successfully created a high level of owner-occupation realize that they may have limited the choice available to certain minority groups. They are now attempting to remedy some of the distortions that they have introduced into the housing market. If developed countries which have managed to eliminate large swathes of rental housing now regret that development, it would seem incumbent upon governments in less-developed countries to avoid a similar dilemma; Instead of ignoring the rental-housing stock and encouraging owner-occupation, they should examine the virtues of rental accommodation and look for appropriate ways of assisting its development.