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Strategies of landlords and tenants

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Being a tenant or a small landlord with one or two dwellings did not dominate a person's life and identity as much as being, say, a nurse, a civil servant, or a real-estate developer. The majority of urban residents probably found themselves on one side or the other of a landlord-tenant relationship. Rapid urbanization and the concomitant housing crisis of the Revolution years and the 1950s would have tipped the balance in favour of landlords, if at the same time the state had not thrown in its weight on the side of tenants by drafting policies on billeting, rent control, and Housing Allocation Bureaus. This chapter analyzes the way that historical trends in the rental market influenced the landlord-tenant relationship, and elaborates on the insecurity of property ownership and occupancy emanating from the chaos of the Japanese period and the Indonesian Revolution, which carried over into the 1950s.

Keywords: Housing Allocation Bureaus; housing crisis; Indonesian Revolution; Japanese period; landlords; tenants; urbanization



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