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Rental shortage in large parts of Sweden

TT/Vivian Tse · 11 May 2010, 12:59

Published: 11 May 2010 12:59 GMT+02:00

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Four out of 10 municipalities report a housing shortage, slightly fewer than in previous years.

But the report shows Sweden to be divided between town and country: the shortages are focused on metropolitan areas and in major university towns with growing populations, while many smaller communities with declining populations have problems with a housing surplus.

According to local assessments, the housing shortage primarily affects young people, the elderly and large families.

"It is both about getting apartments for young people and having apartments that are appropriate for the needs of older people," said Christina Johannesson, project manager at Boverket.

While many areas have adopted guidelines to ensure the most needy get housed, many communities still do not meet their statutory obligations to provide housing for young and old people:

"It is important that municipalities take responsibility and have a strategic plan on how to secure housing for young and old, " said Johannesson.

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The sale of public housing to tenants has declined from nearly 18,000 apartments in 2008 to around 14,400 in 2009. The greater Stockholm region accounted for the majority of sales.

TT/Vivian Tse (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:31 May 11, 2010 by Nora
Ohhh, so finally someone has noticed the rental shortage! great effort.
19:54 May 11, 2010 by voiceofreason
This is no news, it has to do with left-wing laws that sought to prevent market forces (demand and supply) from operating in real estate business.

The real estate sector is supposed to have an elastic coeff of supply but this is not so in Sweden.
08:17 May 12, 2010 by hardonforswedes
censorship rules again
10:46 May 12, 2010 by duncs
you don't say! lets remind them that as an immigrant you are discriminated aginst too. You have to go on a waiting list when you are born to get a rental. Maybe an open market might help you mongs?!
11:02 May 12, 2010 by saar
There is no shortage. Deregulate the market and see what happens. At SFI I was told once by some co-students that if I need an apartment tomorrow all I need is to pay a 'little'. They had a whole operation in place.
23:03 August 14, 2010 by stmanpule
thanks for the privilege, please how much will it cost for an international student to acquire a bed room and a sitting room.i really like to know more of things like this so has to prepare my self better.

God bless Sweden.

12:57 September 22, 2010 by jwlundgren
The waiting list in my kommun is 8-10 years for legitimate housing. I saw one person on the list with 5000 points. They had to have been on the list for 13 years. I keep telling my man that we need to get on the pensioner housing list now (we're in our 40's), then we MIGHT get one when we are the right age. The only way to get a new apartment in Sweden is to move north and build an igloo.
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