Share, Own, Access

64 Pages Posted: 11 May 2016 Last revised: 25 Jan 2018

Date Written: November 8, 2015


Millennials are losing interest in ownership. They prefer to access property when needed on a casual, short-term basis. Prompted by the sharing economy, online platforms, and ethical consumerism, access presents a radical alternative to established property forms. This type of property use is popular among younger, technology-savvy generations. It prioritizes use, flexibility, and mobility over the control, stability, and attachment that is associated with traditional property forms. Despite its recent prominence, access has remained surprisingly undertheorized, especially from a property perspective. This Article fleshes out the normative values and the concerns ingrained in this emerging property form. In addition, it critically evaluates the legal and regulatory response to access. It argues that the law continues to steer users towards ownership or other forms of long-term possession, significantly limiting the option of access. Accordingly, it calls for reevaluating insurance, tax, zoning, and anti-discrimination laws.

Keywords: Property, Sharing Economy, Access, Consumption, Share, Use, Digital Sharing Platforms, Ownership

Suggested Citation

Kreiczer-Levy, Shelly, Share, Own, Access (November 8, 2015). 36 Yale Law & Policy Review 157 (2017). Available at SSRN: or

Shelly Kreiczer-Levy (Contact Author)

College of Law and Business ( email )

26 Ben-Gurion St.

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