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Rachmanism

In Britain, a slang term for a greedy landlord. The term derives its name from Peter Rachman, who became notorious in the mid-20th century for evicting tenants protected by rent control laws and replacing them with new immigrants without such protection.
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Over 50 years after his death, the name of Peter Rachman still evokes a particular brand of rapacious, ruthless private landlord
The effects of the global economic crisis and the European debt crisis are expected to reflect on the Macedonian economy because it is directly connected to the European, said German expert Peter Rachman, speaking on the subject "World Economic Crisis - History, Reasons and Measures" at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje.
This "boyfriend" was a polished, but slippery, henchman of landlord Peter Rachman, whose name became a by-word for abusing his tenants.
The Oxford English Dictionary contains the noun Rachmanism, which it defines as "the exploitation and intimidation of tenants by unscrupulous landlords." The word pays a sort of homage to its namesake, Peter Rachman. A Polish Jew who made his way to England after surviving World War II as a slave laborer in Siberia, Rachman earned both his fortune and his notoriety buying up housing in the Notting Hill section of London, ousting longtime white tenants and installing West Indian immigrants at exorbitant rents.
She joked: "I could have been a dowager duchess by the time I was 22." As a teen she also had affairs with slum landlord Peter Rachman and fraudster Emil Savundra.
It was Ward who brought the link between Profumo and Ivanov to the intelligence services and over the months, various stories leaked out involving a motley cast of minor characters, including the slum landlord Peter Rachman, a Pole, and a West Indian drug dealer and pimp, not so quintessentially English.
Meanwhile, Peter Rachman, the Polish-born owner of slums and the paymaster of thugs, was charging exorbitant rents to poor West Indian immigrants.
There have been many comparisons with the notorious 1950s landlord Peter Rachman and van Hoogstraten has in the past been credited with saying that stories about Rachman were "out of all proportion".
Naturally, the pert, perky Solihull good-time girl Mandy Rice-Davies merits an entry for her entanglement in the murky affairs of slum landlord Peter Rachman and the Christine Keeler-John Profumo-Stephen Ward affair.
Peter Rachman preyed on poor blacks in West London, charging exorbitant rates for slums and forcing them out with Alsatian dogs when they couldn't pay.
More than three decades ago, notorious landlords like Peter Rachman became a byword.