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Tenant union names Sweden's worst landlords

The Local/vt · 25 Jan 2011, 15:01

Published: 25 Jan 2011 15:01 GMT+01:00

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The lawyers narrowed the list down to 26 landlords in no particular order.

"Consumer protection in Sweden is too weak when it comes to the tenants' standing. The legislation is fragile and it takes too long to bring about a change," Barbro Engman, chairwoman of the organisation, told the publication on Monday.

"As a result, a far too great responsibility falls on the Swedish Union of Tenants. We are not an authority and the municipalities should be more involved in matters involving compulsory administration, for example," she added.

Landlords who made the blacklist have been convicted by a rent tribunal, refused to comply with the tribunal's ruling, received an unusually large number of complaints from tenants or made themselves known for some sort of neglect, the report said.

The reasons behind each nomination included allowing the buildings to decay, harassing tenants and raising rents at will, according to Hem & Hyra on Monday.

Some have neglected their properties so badly that they are dangerous to live in. Others ignore the most basic maintenance requirements and are impossible to get a hold of. Some harass their tenants through threats, invalid notices of termination or illegally enter the apartments, the report said.

In addition, others who made the list have demanded substantial rent increases and refuse negotiations even though they are required by law. Others do not pay their bills, resulting in electricity, water and heat getting shut off, according to Hem & Hyra.

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Both housing management companies and individuals were named in the report. The nominees for the black list ranged from a landlord's single property to a management company that was in charge of 2,700.

A total of 17 municipalities made the list, with Gothenburg and Stockholm both notching up four spots each, Malmö three and Trelleborg two.

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18:12 January 25, 2011 by saraswed
and no one mentioned strandparken in halmstad in conjunction with halmstad studentkaren .i heard its hell and some crazy stuffs the landlord does.i heard he can break into your room when you don't pay early.take off your bed or change locks or even throw you out at will. treat those people like crap.its not fair i think most of them are international student
19:39 January 25, 2011 by jack sprat
Great idea,especially in countries like Sweden where consumer protection back-up is so weak.

The more widely the list is publicised the better, so all potential tenants have easy access to it before deciding on future contracts.
20:55 January 25, 2011 by Nemesis
Ah good, a link.

Keep it up. It makes the stories more readable:)
05:37 January 26, 2011 by Prat
Yes that external link helps; please continue the service.

Bad landlords are a curse, especially when bad behaviour harms those highly vulnerable and without many resources.

But looking at a major case they cite in Stockholm:


The tenant claimed need for new blinds (persienner) and the owner claimed blinds were movable property, and responsibility of the tenant. Judgment favored the tenant only because the owner left in existing old blinds when renting anew (the flat became "rented with blinds"). The bad effect of this judgment is that owners should strip away all such custom additions (certain shelves, curtains, blinds, etc.) or be liable to maintain them. Who is really served by that? Ms. Lena maybe got her free blinds, but hundreds of other tenants now need to purchase such trappings fresh, just after serviceable custom-installed items were ripped out and thrown away. Recycling is better ...
11:03 January 26, 2011 by kayroy

True that! he's a crook, he should be right on top of that list.

he can take one look at you and just make his mind right there and then.

I had a personal experience with him, i had rented a student apartment from him, the room i requested wasn't available yet so he arranged another room with totallly different specifications from the one i had paid for, with the promise that within days the other room will be free, after about two weeks with no sign of getting the room i wanted i went again to 'remind' him, he started to throw tantrums, and said i should go and pack my things, right there and then, that he will give me my balance. of course i had no where to go and had to resort to begging him -begged this guy for one whole week, needless to say, i had to move out immidiately that month was over.

tales of him like this abound!
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