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Condo Crimes and Legal Prospects for Confronting the Unusual Suspects

Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

ISBN: 978-1-78714-344-9, eISBN: 978-1-78714-343-2

Publication date: 10 May 2017


This chapter seeks to classify condominium crime, explain its neglect in light of the growth of condo living in cities and closely consider the prospects for greater visibility and legal regulation of these acts. We deploy traditional dichotomies of white-collar/street crime and insiders/outsiders to construct a two-dimensional typology of condo crime and illustrate each type using empirically grounded examples from extensive qualitative research in Ontario and New York State entailing analysis of media accounts, condo owner association and corporation websites, and numerous interviews with owners, board directors and industry actors. We argue that the condo form retains peculiar characteristics that tend to prevent public reporting of condo crimes and leaves the ‘usual suspects’ (i.e. street criminals) in the spotlight while other, potentially more damaging, acts are neglected. We conclude by discussing barriers to knowing the extent of condo crime and their relationship to legal regulation.



Lippert, R.K., Treffers, S. and Bud, T. (2017), "Condo Crimes and Legal Prospects for Confronting the Unusual Suspects", Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 72), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 25-52.



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