Rachmanism


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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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We older tenants have been down the private road before and remember Rachmanism.
The borough that gave birth to Rachmanism - after Peter Rach-man, the notorious slum landlord of the 1950s who became synonymous with exploitation - may now become synonymous with housing its people in a deathtrap.
And don't even start me on buy-to-let, which, along with the sale of council houses, has contributed to the return of Rachmanism, as well as a dearth of good social housing.
They see people living in the kind of accommodation you'd think would have died out with Rachmanism, the kind of places that you might shudder at if you saw beyond the limp, dirty sheets that mope around the windows, the kind of place you wouldn't put a dog in.
Is that Rachmanism, Rapaciousness and Rich-pickings?
We have been working on it for about four years in a bid to introduce a greater sense of professionalism and to shake off the image of Rachmanism, which still persists.