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'Dodgy' flat rental dogs Moderates' Arkelsten

'Dodgy' flat rental dogs Moderates' Arkelsten

Published: 29 Oct 2010 13:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Oct 2010 13:16 GMT+02:00

Arkelsten decided to move out of her parents’ house and into an apartment with her boyfriend in April 2000, the Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

But rather than face the years-long wait normally required to obtain a first-hand rental contract, Arkelsten and her boyfriend found a new home almost immediately on popular Södermalm, south of central Stockholm.

The landlord of the building was Peder Dahlborg, who two years later was the subject of a report by the Sveriges Television (SVT) investigative news programme Uppdrag Granskning looking at black market rentals in Stockholm

According to the programme, Dahlborg built a real estate business around buying buildings of rental apartments and evicting as many tenants as possible. He would then renovate the buildings, raise the rents, and sell contracts to the flats on the black market.

Arkelsten claimed she obtained her contract properly, although she admitted that it was unusual for someone to get an apartment in such a sought-after part of Stockholm so quickly.

“I didn’t make any black market payments,” she told the newspaper.

“I got it through a friend of the family and heard that there was a landlord who was looking for easy-going tenants.”

Arkelsten was unable to elaborate on what sort of relationship her family friend may have had with Dahlborg.

In 2005, Arkelsten and her boyfriend bought a tenant-owner apartment (bostadsrätt) in Årsta south of Stockholm. As part of the transaction, the seller took over the rental contract for Arkelsten’s flat on Södermalm.

The housing scandal is the latest in a string of revelations which have kept Arkelsten on the defensive since reports surfaced on Wednesday that she accepted a sponsored trip to the south of France at the invitation of Dutch oil company Shell.

She also came under fire for holding a position on the board of environmental consultancy Sweco, a post which she has since resigned.

According to SVT, roughly one third of Riksdag members also sit on the boards of publicly traded companies.

Speaking to SVT on Thursday night, Arkelsten she has no plans to resign her post.

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14:43 October 29, 2010 by eZee.se
I don't get it,

So we have another sleazebag politician, just because this one has female genitalia rather than male... are we really supposed to be surprised?
14:58 October 29, 2010 by jamtlandtom
Hang on a minute is this Lady really a sleazebag?

I am intrigued to know who is pushing these allegations and even more so why??
14:58 October 29, 2010 by Rishonim
Alright, alright already. This witch hunt is becoming ridiculous. I really don't know one person living in Sthlm who hasn't purchased a first rental contract.
17:06 October 29, 2010 by engagebrain
The whole rental market in Stockholm is deeply corrupt, why are non the major political parties prepared to do something ?

Its the usual question, who would gain from an honest system and who would lose. Almost everyone would gain - so why doesn't it happen ?
18:52 October 29, 2010 by Nemesis
Here is a question.

What percentage of renters of a rental apartments in Stockholm with first hand contracts are not pulling a scam?

The whole system in Stockholm is one massive scam from top to bottom.
19:19 October 29, 2010 by nilwik
Finally we got a face of the Swedish corruption, and it's ugly!

Political career in two simple steps:

1.) Talk sweet to common people to fool them that you actually are about them.

2.) Try to make it hard to see where your nose end and you boss ass start.
19:30 October 29, 2010 by miss79
yep swedish politics are getting very very ugly...congrats!
19:47 October 29, 2010 by mojofat
Maybe that anyone has to wait "years" to get an apartment is the problem, not that she did what she needed to do to put a roof over her head. Housing should be deregulated, it's not helping anybody the way it is right now except profiteers who are exploiting the situation.
10:24 October 30, 2010 by salalah
Poor Sofia, she looks like she had a few sleepless nights...
12:28 October 30, 2010 by Tennin
She did what most swedes would do, if they had the chance to pass the que for an apartment. The waiting times are ridiculous here. It doesn't make sense why it takes a couple of years or 10 years to get an apartment.
18:24 October 30, 2010 by Toonie
As many of you say, Arkelsten just did what many do. I experienced this form of corruption as a test of one's ability to adjust to a new culture. My Swedish friends regarded others with approval (or not) according to their success at 'working the system'. Therefore a man who could acquire a flat in the inner city - by purchase, charming/blagging a housing official, or paying under the table - clearly had 'good genes'. Anyone with scruples could be declared 'honourable' in public, but get marked down as a bit of a wimp in private. It's embedded in the social culture of Stockholm, and possibly other cities/towns. What is really annoying is that no govt/authority/newspaper will attack to issue as a whole. Instead they use individual cases to pursue particular agendas. That is also hypocritical.
19:32 October 30, 2010 by Argentina84
I wonder what else they are going to find out about this lady. She seems to have no idea of how to do the square thing in Sweden. Can anyone help her? :P
19:45 October 30, 2010 by maxbrando
Ah yes, filthy capitalism at work even in Sweden! Why am I not surprised. Trying to make your life better in any way MUST be against the law in Sweden, no?
20:06 October 31, 2010 by comrade Kev
@Toonie spot on comment wait 10 years or .........? its a no brainer, my crazy solution get building apartments lots of them vastly increased supply leads to Buy To Let scamsters been done in excellent comrades.
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