The tenure trap: The vulnerability of renters to joint natural and technological disasters

Raymond J. Burby, Laura J. Steinberg, Victoria Basolo

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Abstract

Natural disasters can result in releases of toxic materials that pose a grave threat to populations exposed to them. The authors provide evidence from California and Louisiana to show that in comparison with homeowners, renters are significantly less well prepared to survive a joint natural and technological disaster without injury. Rental housing can be targeted for public awareness and other measures that can improve the preparedness of tenants, but barriers that inhibit progress are substantial. Nevertheless, with a carefully crafted plan of action based on a variety of policy instruments, the tenure trap can be disabled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-58
Number of pages27
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Natural disasters
  • Renters
  • Technological disasters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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