Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

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XVIII
THE HOUSING QUESTION

DR. HYNEK KUBIŠTA, DIVISION CHIEF IN THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL WELFARE

In the Czechoslovak Republic legislation dealing with the housing question is based on the housing laws of former Austria. In the Empire the State's interest in housing was chiefly fiscal, as evidenced by the high tax on rents. The first law designed expressly to improve the housing conditions--but only those of laborers--was the law of 1892 concerning sanitary and low-priced dwellings for workmen which was enacted for ten years, and re-enacted in 1902 for twenty years more. The first and only law of Austria which provided financial assistance to the builders of dwelling- houses was the law of 1910 establishing a State housing fund to promote the construction of small houses for people of moderate means, regardless of their occupation. The fund was to be used in part to guarantee mortgage loans granted to building societies or the communes and in part for direct building loans at low rates of interest. The advantages of this law were made use of mostly in the Czech territories where the cooperative idea was already firmly rooted especially among the workmen. Since 1908 there had existed in Austria a limited housing fund for the granting of

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