The UNESCO Chair of URV housing has promoted and participated in various publications, some of which we highlight below. In addition, the Chair publishes the multimedia magazine “Housing”, which can be found in full here.

European Condominium Law

Work coordinated by Professor Cornelius van der Merwe on condominiums in Europe. The book compares 21 jurisdictions, based on their origin and their uses and analyzing their points in common and main differences.
It includes ten practical cases solved for each of the jurisdictions studied following the methodology of the Common Frame of Reference.

Bienes en común

The present work collects under the title “Bienes en común” [Property held in common] a series of assumptions in which the same good is had by two or more people. Its objective is, therefore, to go beyond “joint property” so as to be able to include assumptions that imply the need to organize the relations of different people on the same thing, such as trust or intermediate tenures, of an important practical use, but are not usually included in the “classic” studies of co-ownership.

This innovative perspective, combined with studies with up-to-date jurisprudence of essential institutions such as the Roman co-ownership, also moves to the approach given to the treatment of condominiums (both in the Spanish legislation and in the Civil Code of Catalonia) through real situations, differential treatment to under-researched institutions such as Canary Islands servitude and analysis of other institutions developed in foral rights, such as partial exploitation rights. The work has an importantinterdisciplinary character , including studies of civil law, insolvency, tax and housing. It brings together national and international authors, academics and practitioners, experts in real rights who provide a global vision of the problem and allow special studies on the various types of co-ownership in England and Wales, Germany, Ireland and Portugal.

Revista “Teoría y Derecho”. Número especial sobre “Hipoteca y vivienda”

Nine articles on the issue of “Mortgage and housing” cover the core issues of current relevance such as the role of property ownership at the origin of the crisis and the consequences it entails, the European Mortgage Directive 2014/17/EU, the Spanish mortgage reforms since 2007, a comparison between the mortgage situation and housing in Spain and Ireland, a critical analysis of the mortgage (What is wrong with our mortgage?), floor clauses, solvency assessment in the granting of mortgage credits, human rights and housing and whether renting can really be an alternative to homeownership in three Mediterranean countries (Spain, Portugal and Malta).

La propiedad compartida y la propiedad temporal

This book is dedicated to analyzing the two new ways to access housing and other assets that have recently been incorporated into the Civil Code of Catalonia by Law 19/2015: shared ownership and temporary owership.
These are new types of flexible, stable and affordable ownership that represent an alternative to the two traditional tenures of housing, absolute ownership and rent, thus overcoming this dichotomy that has led thousands to eviction and precariousness. Both obey the need to offer families a sustainable continuum of housing tenures, as reflected in the New Urban Agenda of the UN approved in Habitat III (Quito, October 2016) for the next 20 years.

The study is carried out from a legal and economic point of view and in an all-encompassing and practical way, analyzing all aspects of the figures. In this way, it wants to be useful both to lawmakers, researchers in law and real estate economics, as well as practitioners in drafting their contracts and in their participation in real estate transactions.

Private Communities and Urban Governance

Edited by Dr. Amnon Lehavi, Atara Kaufman Professor of Real Estate at the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

This book offers an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the complex interplay between private versus public forms of organization and governance in urban residential developments. Bringing together top experts from numerous disciplines, including law, economics, geography, political science, sociology, and planning, this book identifies the current trends in constructing the physical, economic, and social infrastructure of residential communities across the world. It challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the division of labor between market-driven private action and public policy in regulating residential developments and the urban space, and offers a new research agenda for dealing with the future of cities in the twenty-first century. It represents a unique ongoing academic dialogue between the members of an exceptional group of scholars, underscoring the essentially of an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of private communities and urban governance. As such, the book will appeal to a broad audience consisting of policy-makers, practitioners, scholars, and students across the world, especially in developing countries and transitional and emerging economies.