IUT in Glasgow, 2016

Conferences & Events



2017, IUT members

  • German Tenants Day, Deutscher Mietertag 2017 When: June 8-10
    Where: Magdeburg

  • Tenants Information Service, TIS, Annual Conference 2017: Health, Wealth, and Housing
    This hugely inspiring, 3 day event, can boast an array of meaningful workshops, interesting study tours, ample networking opportunities, and an excellent line up of speakers.
    : June 9-11
    Where: Glasgow, Scotland
    More info via:

  • Tpas England National Tenant Conference
    When: July 12-13
    Where: Chesford Grange hotel, Warwickshire
    More info:

  • TPAS Scotland National Annual Conference
    The Charter, Housing, Health & Care and Welfare Reform
    November 3-5
    St Andrews, Scotland
    More info via:

 2017, Other major housing conferences

  • 8th Annual Affordable Housing Projects flagship event
    When: April 3-6
    Where: Singapore
    More info, click here!

  • The Precariousness of Housing: (in)equality, (in)security, (in)stability and the growing financialisation of the housing system
    Housing Studies Association (HSA) Annual Conf.
    More info: click here
    When: April 5-7
    York Helsington, UK

  • Social housing in contemporary Europe
    nternational conference
    Extending the scope of comparative research and addressing most recent changes
    When: April 19-21
    Where: Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
    More info:

  • Reducing Energy Poverty by Energy Efficiency Projects in Residential Buildings - The Case for Eastern Europe
    When: 24-25 April
    Where: Brussels
    Organised by: Habitat for Humanity International and USAID
    More info via: Gyorgy Sumeghy

  • Ensuring the effective exercise of the right to housing in the EU. Access to adequate and affordable housing for all.
    When: April 27-28
    Tarragona, Spain
    More info:

  • FEANTSA 2017 Policy Conference
    The Fight against Homelessness: Solidarity in Action
    When: 18-19 May 2017
    Where: Gdansk, Poland
    More info:

  • International Social Housing Festival
    When: June 13-23
    Where: Amsterdam and Het Ship neighbourhood
    More info:

  • Unreal Estate? Rethinking housing, class and identity
    Housing and Comparative Urbanism
    Urbanism is about the interactions of urban inhabitants within and with their living and working environments.
    June 18-21
    Where: Hong Kong
    Organised by: Urban Research group, Dept. of Housing Policy, Univ. of Hong Kong
    More info available via:

  • CIH Housing 2017 Conference
    Organised by: Chartered Institute of Housing
    When: June 27-29
    Where: Manchester, England
    More info:

  • Affordability and liveability in our cities
    National AHURI conference
    When: June 29
    Where: Melbourne, AUS
    Click here for more info  h

  • ENHR conference: Redefining the role of public and private sectors
    When: September 4-6
    Where: Tirana, Albania
    More info:

  • The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum
    When: September 4-7
    Where: Hong kong
    Organised by: Habitat for Humanity

    More info:

  • Housing Washington 2017
    When: October 2-4
    Where: Spokane, Washington
    More info, click here!

  • TPAS Scotland National Annual Conference
    The Charter, Housing, Health & Care and Welfare Reform
    November 3-5
    St Andrews, Scotland
    More info via:

  • 78th Session UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management
    When: November 8-10
    Where: Geneva Switzerland
    More info:

  • Australian National Housing Conference
    When: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1
    Where: Sydney
    More info:

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2013: Presidency of Lithuania
EU Housing ministers meeting

When: December 8-9
Where: Brussels

2010: Spanish Presidency
Informal Ministers meeting:
Theme: Housing and Urban Rehabilitation
When: April 26-27 (high Level) and May 21-22
Madrid and Toledo

2008: Informal Ministerial Meeting on Social Services of General Interest
October 28-29

Organised by:
French EU Presidency

2007 : Informal Ministerial Meeting on territorial cohesion and urban development
When: May 24-25
Leipzig, Germany
“Territorial development and social cohesion”. This means not only housing, but infrastructure in the EU in general. Another theme is the “sustainable European city”.

2006: 17th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers Cancelled!
October 16-17
Barcelona, Spain
Urban Developmen

2005 : 16th Informal meeting of the EU Housing Ministers
March 14-15
Prague, Czech rep.
High-rise housing in central and eastern Europe
DRAFT final Communiqué of the 16th EU Housing Ministers Meeting

2004: The Dutch Presidency organized a conference on Sustainable Housing Policies.

2003: 14th Informal Meeting with the EU Housing Ministers
Chair: The Italian EU Presidency 
When: November 27-28.
Where: Padua, Italy. 
Housing and European integration: problems and prospects.


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IUT Congresses:

  • 2016, IUT 20:th Congress
    When: October 14-16
    Glasgow, Scotland

    • IUT congress statement
      The rent is too high: We need a 21st century rent control!" ENG pdf FR pdf ES pdf
    • Congress book: Reports from 24 countries
      to the IUT congress pdf

    • Presentations
      • Sven Bergenstråhle, IUT President pdf
      • Barbara Steenbergen, IUT Brussels pdf
      • Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe pdf
      • City of Paris; Sebastien Jolis pdf
      • Marietta Haffner TU Delft pdf
      • Mary Taylor, Scottish Fed. of Housing Assoc's pdf
      • Dutch Tenants Union - Woonbond pdf
      • Isobel Anderson, Sterling University pdf
      • Liz Ely, Living Rent
      • CNL, France pdf
      • Mietervereinigung Berlin pdf
      • Latvia pdf
      • Elena Shomina, RU, Student Housing pdf

  • 2013, IUT 19:th Congress
    When: October 25-27
    Where: Krakow, Poland

    • Congress statement, with signatures  pdf
    • Congress booklet, with 25 country presentations pdf
    • IUT Plan of action 2013-2016 pdf
    • Report of activities 2010-2012 pdf

    • Presentations:
      • Sven Bergenstråhle pdf
      • Kurt Eliasson pdf
      • Marja Elsinga pdf
      • Ida Borg pdf
    • Photos
      • Opening of congress, Oct 25 pdf
      • Panel Debate on stage, Oct. 26 pdf
      • Various photos by P. Forsman, SUT pdf
      • Restaurant Morskie Oko, Oct 26 pdf
      • Study visit Nowa Huta, Oct. 27 pdf


  • 2010 IUT, 18:th Congress
    Prague October 2-4
    Prague, Czech Republic
    • Written Declaration IUT congress, 2010 pdf
    • IUT congress Statement on Affordable Rental Housing pdf


  • 2007, IUT 17:th Congress
    When: September 20-23
    Where: Berlin, Germany
    • Statement pdf



  • 2004, IUT 16:th Congress
    Where: Birmingham, England
    August 5-8, 2004
    • Affordable Housing for All! pdf
    • AIDS/HIV causes loss of breadwinners and increase homelessness. pdf


International Tenant's  Day

Background to the International Tenants´ Day:
In May 22, 1986, the Council of the IUT met in Paris and a decision was made to designate the first Monday in October as the "International Tenant´s  Day.
The IUT promotes, together with the UN,  the theme "Secure Tenure" and the "Right to affordable housing".
But, any tenant organisation may chose their own topic/theme for this day.

UN World Habitat Day
The date chosen by the IUT Council was made with the background of the UN resolution taken in December 1985, by the UN General Assembly, to designate the first day of October every year as the World Habitat Day.
The World Habitat day was first celebrated in October 1986.

 Posters and streamers for the Tenants´ Day:

  • Poster: (70 x 50 cm)
    The text on the posters read:
    WORLD HABITAT DAY - The UN together with partners for better housing and secure tenure!
    Signed by: UN Centre for Human Settlements, and, International Union of Tenants.
    See poster on images/Habitat affisch.pdf

  • Streamer 5x30 cm, with text: "Tenants make Cities"

...available from the IUT Secretariat


International Tenants´ Day
events and themes




France: Journée mondiale des Locataires, article en français de ASLOCA, Geneve

Italy: Giornata  Internazionale dell´Inquilino, Napoli, 5 ottobre 2009




  • 2006
    Theme: Stop Unfair Evictions! Stop Inhuman Removals!

    • IUT/IAI Statement in English pdf
    • FR: Journée Mondiale des Locatairespdf
    • ES: Jornada Mundial de los Inquilinos pdf
    • IT: Giornata Mondiale degli Inquilini pdf



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