The Rentier City: ISAAC ROSE in conversation with NICK BANO

Friday, 17 May

The Rentier City: ISAAC ROSE in conversation with NICK BANO

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Housmans are delighted to welcome two authors whose work interrogates the most pressing problems of our time: the housing crisis, the problem of landlordism and gentrification.

In Isaac Rose’s The Rentier City: Manchester and the Making of the Neoliberal Metropolis, the author observes that in cities across the world, gentrification and the housing crisis are facts of life. But how did we get to this point? And is there any way we can fight back. A good place to begin answering these questions, Rose argues, is Manchester, England. Over the last thirty years, corporate developers, rentier capitalists and boosterist politicians have reshaped Manchester in their image, replacing its working-class communities, public spaces and affordable housing with skyscrapers, luxury developments and a private rental market that creates wealth for rentiers and impoverishes everybody else.

The Rentier City traces this story, showing how it fits within the longer history of Manchester. In doing so unveils a larger story of the relationship between capital and our cities, between rentier and rentee, and gives us a blueprint of how fight back against rentier capitalism and take back control of the cities we live in.

Similarly, in Against Landlords: How to Solve the Housing Crisis, Nick Bano confronts a world where landlords always win and renters pay the price and asks, what can be done? Housing means prosperity and security for some; poverty, precarity and sickness for others. More people live in private rented accommodation than ever before, and rents rise without apparent reason. Homes are smaller every year, and nearly 20 per cent of tenants live in hazardous conditions. Homelessness is at a new high. Yet the government’s only solution is to promote homeownership.

Against Landlords shows that this crisis is not the product of happenstance or political incompetence. Government policy has intentionally split British citizens into homeowners and renters, two classes set on very different financial paths. In the UK, one out of every twenty-one adults is a landlord, and it is this group, and those who aspire to join it, represented by the political class. Building more housing is not the solution. It is firstly a problem of the law, Bano argues, and reforms must sweep away the landlordism at the heart of the housing crisis and British political life.

Isaac and Nick will read from their work and discuss the problems, and possible solutions, they both so brilliantly describe, followed by a Q&A.

As always, tickets are priced on a sliding scale. If you are unable to pay for a ticket please do not hesitate to contact us at shop@housmans.com, and a free ticket will be made available.

If you choose book + event entry, your copy of the book will be available to collect on the evening. If you would like to collect it earlier, or have it delivered, please contact us (postage is £2.95). Telephone 020 7837 4473 or email shop@housmans.com.

Doors Open at 7pm, Event Starts 7:30

Date & Time: 

Friday, 17 May, 2024 - 19:00 to 22:00
Housmans
5 Caledonian Road King's Cross
N1 9DX
United Kingdom

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Two minute walk from King's Cross/St.Pancras terminals

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