This book serves as an introduction to housing law in Scotland and the changes it went through in the twentieth century in areas such as the regulation of the contracts of individuals to buy and rent housing and the regulation of the behaviour of citizens to protect their fellows from some forms of discrimination and abuse of human rights. Throughout the past century, housing in Britain changed both in its nature and volume. For example, rental housing changed from being run almost solely by private landlords for profit in the early twentieth century to being largely operated by not-for-profit bodies at the end of the period. In this introductory chapter, the context of housing law developments in the UK in general and in Scotland in particular is discussed, along with the role played by the courts in the development of specific rights for tenants and landlords, property rights and property law, the development of the legal regulation of housing, and developments in housing law with respect to discrimination and human rights.
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