Vol 2 / Ch 1: When Emperor Charles invented a form of housing better than owning or renting

The story of how a dictator created a form of housing better than renting or owning is almost too fantastic to believe. Emperor Charles tried to stop a revolution with the 1917 Tenancy Act, but his subjects revolted anyway. More than a century later, the 1917 Tenancy Act is still in place, and it gives Austrian renters a form of housing that combines the advantages of owning with the advantages of renting–and none of the disadvantages.

 

Cover imageA statue at the imperial crypt of the Hapsburgs in Vienna, Austria. Ben Britten / Flickr

 

 

Sources used in this episode:

  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/11417359/Germany-the-country-where-renting-is-a-dream.html
  • https://www.tenlaw.uni-bremen.de/Brochures/AustriaBrochure_09052014.pdf
  • http://www.immobilienwirtschaft.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/fg287/ERES/Presentations/Funk-Rent-control-in-Austria.pdf
  • https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/02/15/tenants-portland-oregon-gain-new-protections-displacement/
  • https://www.tenlaw.uni-bremen.de/Brochures/GermanyBrochure_09052014.pdf
  • https://www.naahq.org/sites/default/files/naa-documents/government-affairs/protected/affordable-housing/Rent-Control-Chart.pdf
  • https://www.oecd.org/els/family/PH6-1-Rental-regulation.pdf
  • https://www.wien.gv.at/english/housing/promotion/pdf/socialhous.pdf
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/02/27/698509957/oregon-set-to-pass-the-first-statewide-rent-control-bill