Private Rental Housing

Private Rental Housing

Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Tony Crook and Peter A. Kemp

A new focus on private renting has been brought into sharp relief by the global financial crisis, with its profound impact on mortgage finance, housing markets and government budgets. Written by specially commissioned international experts and structured around common themes, this timely book explores the nature and role of private renting in eight advanced economies around the world.

Chapter 9: United States of America

Russell James III

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, cities, urban studies


The United States' private rental sector, with over 90 million residents in tenant households, is one of the largest in the world. The federalist, state-based system of laws in the US provides a variety of different policy permutations in the PRS that would be unknown in a more unitary system. As such, the successes and failures of the system can be especially instructive for comparative policy analysis. But, as with any national housing market, understanding and interpreting these lessons requires a good deal of context.

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