Strategies for In Situ Home Improvement in Romanian Large Housing Estates

Adriana Mihaela Soaita

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    Abstract

    Socio-economic and physical change have visibly affected post-socialist cities, yet the state of decay of their inherited large housing estates has only deepened throughout the 1990s, despite the change in tenure through policies of large-scale privatisation. Housing disrepair has now reached a critical stage that requires rapid private and public intervention. This paper examines the extent to which Romanian block residents have been able to improve in situ their housing conditions since 2000, the strategies they employed and the challenges they faced. It focuses on the often ignored private domain of housing, flats and blocks, where changes are also likely to be less visible. By analysing the process of individual utility metering and the practice of collective block management, I argue that besides economics, the unregulated housing context and a relaxed legal culture have challenged individual and collective action and have generated a framework of housing privatism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1008-1030
    Number of pages23
    JournalHousing Studies
    Volume27
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2012

    Keywords

    • Post-communist housing
    • Eastern Europe
    • Romania
    • Utility metering
    • Housing privatism
    • Housing management

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