Miranda, your economic knowledge is rather inexistant.
not to the point that I cannot comprehand the simple rules of making a profit.
What you seem to loath, and rightly so, is the perceived landlords' greed.
It is not perceived one. It is real. If I had a bussiness and wasn't providing the services, I would loose the customers who would go to somebody else. Correct?
The same goes for the real estate owners. I see more and more owners not looking after the property. I am not sure why. One of the reason may be the fact that they either greedy and invest somewhere else while another property is delapitating or they are not making enough profit.
I know that some of them make mistakes and let the buildings down because tha property the building is on will give them profit regardless of the condition of the building.
That's precisely where the government is failing, by creating all sorts of hurdles (zoning, red tape, tons of regulations..) before a single brick gets laid.
And rightly so. So the government ( I am not sure which one you are talking about, since you are speaking in general terms) is putting a cup of developments to a certain degree.