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The Great Rent Wars: New York, 1917-1929

Robert M. Fogelson


This book tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in the United State’s largest city, from 1917 through 1929. These conflicts were triggered by the post-war housing shortage, which prompted landlords to raise rents, drove tenants to go on rent strikes, and spurred the state legislature, a conservative body dominated by upstate Republicans, to impose rent control in New York, a radical and unprecedented step that transformed landlord-tenant relations. The book traces the tumultuous history of rent control in New York from its inception to its ex ... More

Keywords: landlords, tenants, post-war housing shortage, rents, rent strikes, Republicans, New York, landlord-tenant relations, rent control, housing policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300191721
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300191721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Fogelson, author