Internationale Huurders Vereniging

Over IUT

De IUT is een particuliere organisatie, opgericht in 1926 in Zürich, Zwitserland, met het doel de belangen van huurders te waarborgen. De IUT is een niet-partijgebonden politieke organisatie die op democratische wijze wordt bestuurd. Bij de IUT (2008) zijn 58 verenigingen uit 45 landen aangesloten waarvan 36 uit Europa.

De IUT heeft bij de Economische – en Sociale Raad van de Verenigde Naties een adviserende status.

Het bestuur van de IUT komt tweemaal per jaar bijeen. Om de drie jaar vindt een congres plaats.

De doelstellingen luiden o.a.:

  • Samenwerking tussen huurders door uitwisselen van informatie
  • Streven naar het realiseren van het recht van iedereen op zowel goede huisvesting als een solide en gezonde woonomgeving, tegen een betaalbare en redelijke huur.
  • Bewoners- en huurdersdemocratie en een recht op inspraak
  • Geen discriminatie op grond van geslacht, ras, etnische en religieuze gronden
  • Huurbescherming
  • Het recht zich te organiseren

De activiteiten van de IUT omvaten o.a.:

  • Informatie via het Internet, webpage The Global Tenant; www.iut.nu.
  • The Global Tenant magazin, vier keer per jaar
  • Seminaries.
  • IUT zal een bureau in Brussel in 2008 vestigen.
  • Participeren in het EU-netwerk, European Housing Forum, EHF.
  • Participeren in commissies van de VN, zoals de Economische Commissie van   de VN, ECE, en het centrum van de VN voor Volkshuisvesting en Ruimtelijke Ordening, UNCHS.
  • Het lid van NGO van de Raad van Europa, Straatsburg.

De IUT beschouwt volkshuisvesting als een van de fundamentele rechten van de samenleving en daarom moet dit thema lokaal, nationaal en internationaal worden aangepakt.   Gepaste huisvesting is ook een van de waarborgen voor vrede en veiligheid in Europa en elders in de wereld. Dakloosheid is een van de ingrediënten voor sociale uitsluiting.

De IUT streeft ernaar vraagstukken op het gebied van de volkshuisvesting op de EU-agenda te krijgen. Huisvesting en arbeidsmarkt zijn nauw met elkaar verbonden en op EU-niveau dienen deze twee te worden gezien als één geheel. Huisvesting zou onderdeel moeten zijn van een van de EU-commissies.

Speciale maatregelen moeten worden genomen in landen die zich bevinden in een overgangsperiode.


Rapporten, links en publicaties

1,6 miljoen hurende huishoudens aangesloten bij de Woonbond, 7 juni 2016

De Dutch case blijft onverminderd van belang voor heel Europa.
De Dutch case blijft onverminderd van belang voor heel Europa. Barbara Steenbergen, hoofd van het kantoor van de International Union of Tenants (IUT) in Brussel, legt uit wat er met de verkiezingen op het spel staat voor huurders. 2014.

Duizenden huurders recht op huurverlaging, jij ook?sept. 30 2015

Huisvestingsvergunning – alle bedragen vanaf 1 jan. 2009, op een rij

Landelijke Huurdersdag en 25-jarig jubileum Woonbond, okt. 12

News from the Woonbond, Dutch tenant union

One-third of home owners in negative equity, March 21

Ongeveer IUT 2007

Sociale huren stijgen dit jaar minder hard, April 25 2016

Woonbond en FNV pleiten voor huurmatiging, 18-03 2014

Woonbond ziet armoede groeien door ‘enorme huurstijgingen’, jan. 23 2015

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Threshold – Solving housing problems, preventing homelessness
October 26 Threshold, 40 years old, organized a conference in Dublin “Reimaging Ireland's future + housing, wealth and inequality.”
Commenting the event, Threshold’s Chairperson Dr Aideen Hayden said: “Threshold was established at a time when discrimination in terms of access to rented accommodation, illegal evictions and poor living conditions were widespread. Unfortunately, not much has changed in the intervening years. Ireland faces severe challenges in dealing with a homelessness crisis caused by a failed rented sector. Moreover, we now have a whole new “generation rent” whose housing future is very uncertain, unless significant steps are taken to secure more social housing and access to affordable rental and purchase schemes. Without significant changes, many Irish people will live in the rented sector for the rest of their lives, a sector that is not fit for purpose. Much of what is happening in Ireland is replicated elsewhere, falling rates of homeownership and rising rates of renting are a feature of many developed European countries. However, we have much to learn from the successes and failures of our European and international counterparts and I look forward to hearing from our panel of national and international speakers.”
“Our conference is not focused on the housing crisis but on asking questions on how we will live in the future, through examining inequality, opportunity and tenure. We are delighted to bring together such a fantastic range of Irish and international expertise to inform our discussions today.”
Threshold chief executive, John-Mark McCafferty added: “There are solutions to our housing crisis – other similar countries do not face the same extent of crisis that we do. However, political will is key to ensuring that the close to 10,000 homeless people find suitable long-term accommodation, and that tenants have affordable, secure and sustainable accommodation throughout all their life stages.
“A home is not just where you live, it’s a place of sanctuary, offering protection from the stresses and strains of daily living. Government investment in housing needs to meet the needs of the population first and investors second. I am looking forward to learning from the experiences of other countries and the insights of our speakers and panellists, which Ireland can build on in developing our housing policies.”
The morning’s keynote address was given by Professor of Public Policy and Director of The Urban Institute at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Mark Stephens. He questioned if lessons from Scotland’s past can inform and shape future thinking. Commenting, he said: “The Irish Government doesn’t have to look too far for effective solutions to the myriad of problems associated with a housing crisis. For example, the Scottish government has committed to making social rented housing a central part of the housing system by ending the ‘Right to Buy’ and financing a 50,000-unit affordable homes programme. Private tenancies have been reformed to provide much greater security and Scotland has the strongest statutory rights for homeless people in the world.”
President of the International Union of Tenants (IUT), Sven Bergenstråhle, speaking for the first time in Dublin, gave an afternoon keynote address on best practice from our European neighbours. He said: “The market has never met, and will never meet, the needs of low- to middle-income households. Therefore, different kinds of subsidies are needed. Past experiences from across the globe point also to a need for greater regulation in the housing market and the need for a balance of interests between landlords and tenants.”
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2018-10-28  ·  

Threshold – Solving housing problems, preventing homelessness
October 26 Threshold organized Threshold, 40 years old, for 40 years since a conference under the theme “Reimaging Ireland's future + housing, wealth and inequality in Dublin.”
Commenting the event, Threshold’s Chairperson Dr Aideen Hayden said: “Threshold was established at a time when discrimination in terms of access to rented accommodation, illegal evictions and poor living conditions were widespread. Unfortunately, not much has changed in the intervening years. Ireland faces severe challenges in dealing with a homelessness crisis caused by a failed rented sector. Moreover, we now have a whole new “generation rent” whose housing future is very uncertain, unless significant steps are taken to secure more social housing and access to affordable rental and purchase schemes. Without significant changes, many Irish people will live in the rented sector for the rest of their lives, a sector that is not fit for purpose. Much of what is happening in Ireland is replicated elsewhere, falling rates of homeownership and rising rates of renting are a feature of many developed European countries. However, we have much to learn from the successes and failures of our European and international counterparts and I look forward to hearing from our panel of national and international speakers.”
“Our conference today is not focused on the housing crisis but on asking questions on how we will live in the future, through examining inequality, opportunity and tenure. We are delighted to bring together such a fantastic range of Irish and international expertise to inform our discussions today.”
Threshold chief executive, John-Mark McCafferty added: “There are solutions to our housing crisis – other similar countries do not face the same extent of crisis that we do. However, political will is key to ensuring that the close to 10,000 homeless people find suitable long-term accommodation and that tenants have affordable, secure and sustainable accommodation throughout all of their life stages.
“A home is not just where you live, it’s a place of sanctuary, offering protection from the stresses and strains of daily living. Government investment in housing needs to meet the needs of the population first and investors second. I am looking forward to learning from the experiences of other countries and the insights of our speakers and panellists, which Ireland can build on in developing our housing policies.”
This morning’s keynote address was given by Professor of Public Policy and Director of The Urban Institute at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Mark Stephens. He questioned if lessons from Scotland’s past can inform and shape future thinking. Commenting, he said: “The Irish Government doesn’t have to look too far for effective solutions to the myriad of problems associated with a housing crisis. For example, the Scottish government has committed to making social rented housing a central part of the housing system by ending the ‘Right to Buy’ and financing a 50,000-unit affordable homes programme. Private tenancies have been reformed to provide much greater security and Scotland has the strongest statutory rights for homeless people in the world.”
President of the International Union of Tenants (IUT), Sven Bergenstrahle, speaking for the first time in Dublin, gave an afternoon keynote address on best practice from our European neighbours. He said: “The market has never met, and will never meet, the needs of low- to middle-income households, Therefore, different kinds of subsidies are needed. Past experiences from across the globe point to a need for greater regulation in the housing market and the need for a balance of interests between landlords and tenants.”
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2018-10-28  ·  

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