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Small-scale Landlordism and the Production of Rental Housing

Video Summary

This short video presentation deals with the production of low- and middle-income rental housing in the context of incremental housing processes. It outlines the various means and motivations of different types of small-scale landlords who provide rental housing in low-income settlements in the Global South. The presentation highlights that rental housing is often an essential part of the consolidation process of settlements which develop incrementally. After giving a theoretical foundation about small-scale landlordism, a case study of a mature sites and services resettlement in Chennai is presented.


David Schelkshorn, MSc

Research Assistant

Department of Urban Socio-Spatial Development

IHS - Erasmus University

David Schelkshorn is an Urban Geographer and Spatial Planner. He holds two master’s degrees, one from the University of Amsterdam and one from the Vienna University of Technology respectively. His work focuses on socio-spatial urban developments related to urban housing markets and policies. He conducted research on the housing situation of young adults for the Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations.


David has worked as a Research Assistant at Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam since 2019. At IHS, he was involved in academic education and professional capacity building programmes among others. He co-coordinated the annual Developing Social Housing Projects professional short course, the Urban Housing Master track of the MSc in Urban Management and Development, and various Refresher Courses outside Europe. He was also involved in advisory projects including a housing market assessment for a big scale affordable housing programme in Kosovo



Additional Information


  • Kumar, S. (1996). Subsistence and petty capitalist landlords: a theoretical framework for the analysis of landlordism in Third World urban low-income settlements. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 20(2), 317-329.

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