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Housing or property? The dynamics of housing policy and property principles in the right to buy

Hopkins, N. and Laurie, E. (2006) Housing or property? The dynamics of housing policy and property principles in the right to buy. Legal Studies: The Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, 26 (1). pp. 65-87. ISSN 1748-121X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-121X.2006.00002.x

Abstract/Summary

This paper examines the interplay and tension between housing law and policy and property law, in the specific context of the right to buy (RTB). It focuses on funding arrangements between the RTB tenant and another party. It first examines how courts determine the parties' respective entitlements in the home, highlighting the difficulty of categorising, under traditional property law principles, a contribution in the form of the statutory discount conferred on the RTB tenant. Secondly, it considers possible exploitation of the RTB scheme, both at the macro level of exploitation of the policy underpinning the legislation and, at the micro level, of exploitation of the tenant. The measures contained in the Housing Act 2004 intended to curb exploitation of the RTB are analysed to determine what can be considered to be legitimate and illegitimate uses of the scheme. It is argued that, despite the government's implicit approval, certain funding arrangements by non-resident relatives fail to give effect to the spirit of the scheme.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:35347
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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