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Infant joins queue for senior flat in Stockholm

The Local · 20 Mar 2012, 12:04

Published: 20 Mar 2012 12:04 GMT+01:00

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”We have a grandmother living with us who is very happy and she has placed both her children and her grandchildren in the queue,” said Christel Jansson, spokesperson for the Blomsterfonden senior apartments to the tenant’s association’s Hem & Hyra journal.

The Blomsterfonden non-profit organization owns some 1,000 apartments to let in the Stockholm area and the number of people queuing to become senior tenants has recently grown to over 21,000.

The growth is partly due to a rise in interest but also that it is becoming more common for those in their thirties and forties to put their names down in order to secure the future old-age accommodation of their choice.

The record for the youngest person to put their name down was recently broken, however, when the satisfied grandmother made sure her grandchild, born in 2011, joined the queue.

Overall, the majority of those queuing, some 70 percent, are women, according to the paper.

“They want someone to look after them,” said Jansson to the journal, adding that the women see sorting out their senior accommodation as a guarantee if they are left on their own.

The organization is planning to try to meet the increased demand by extending their services and building more apartments.

According to the journal, the Blomsterfonden organization has some 28,000 members of which 21,000 are in the queue. This is an increase by 16,000 members over the last decade.

The average current waiting time for an Blomsterfonden apartment is between 10 and 20 years.

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19:18 March 20, 2012 by fikatid
Just like queuing for an apartment, many parents have entered their baby in the apartment queue when the kids were born.

The system is messed up. That's why we have a big shortage in housing availability in the city for anyone who were not born in Sweden.
22:32 March 20, 2012 by Grokh
i been on a line to rent any apartment in the area i live in for over 2 years now.

pisses me off some people already have apartment but keep reapplying until they get a better one so at the end its just a cycle of people hopping around and whoever is outside gets screwed and cant rent.
09:34 March 21, 2012 by libertarianism
This is one of the most depressing stories I have ever read.
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