Overcrowding and ‘under-occupancy’ in Romania : a case study of housing inequality
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This paper examines aspects of space consumption in two very different housing types, the communist mid-rise estates and post-communist suburban self-built housing. Examining residents’ perceptions in order to categorize space as overcrowded or under-occupied, the paper engages critically with the issue of the inefficient distribution of Romanian housing, that is a considerable mismatch between dwelling and household size. The analysis documents the continued salience of overcrowding in the communist estates and conversely, self-builders’ satisfaction with the generous size of their new homes. Market forces permit various modes of residential mobility but their likely outcome is growing housing inequality while any redistributive impact will remain insignificant unless policy incentives could facilitate conversion of under-occupied space into (social) renting housing. However, only a sustained delivery of larger and affordable new dwellings could alleviate overcrowding.
Soaita , A M 2014 , ' Overcrowding and ‘under-occupancy’ in Romania : a case study of housing inequality ' Environment and Planning A , vol 46 , no. 1 , pp. 203-221 . DOI: 10.1068/a45718
Environment and Planning A
© 2014 a Pion publication.This is an accepted manuscript. The final, definitive version of this paper was first published in: Environment and Planning A, 46(1) 203 – 221, January/2014 Pion Ltd. It is available at: http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a45718
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