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;
  • 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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World premiere of PUSH - an eye-opening documentaryAt Saturday 23th March in Bremen Theater in Copenhagen the world premiere of the documentary by WG-film took place. A completely crowded salon (about 500 people) with an enthusiastic audience witnessed this film that described and explained what is going on in almost every major city on earth. How different people were treated. How housing turns into a commodity, despite the fact that the right to adequate housing is a human right according to international laws. How pensioners are evicted from homes they have lived in for many years with the help of money from pension funds. How these are used to drive up prices and rents. How unknown new owners let the houses decay. That lots of housing estates are used as financial assets and stay empty in cities like London despite many and a growing number of homeless people. You just have to see this film! Housing affordability is decreasing at a record pace. The local working and middle classes have become unable to afford housing in major cities across the world. London, New York, Hong Kong, Toronto, Tokyo, Valparaiso, Sydney, Melbourne, Caracas, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm… the list seems endless. People are being pushed out of their very own homes – because living in them has become unaffordable. Young people are getting trapped in a cycle of renting apartments that are becoming less and less affordable. Workers, pensioners and lower income communities face evictions and are left without a place to live. The high cost of housing pushes people into poverty and homelessness. In the UK and US, for instance, homelessness is increasing by alarming rates. More often than before, it is children and families that end up without a home. The problem is even worse in the Global South, where the number of people living in informal housing is projected to exceed 1 billion by 2020. However, the crisis also puts stress on the middle and upper-middle classes. In London, for example, even a doctor’s salary is not necessarily enough to buy a home. This isn’t a natural, inevitable development. It can change. Residents should be able to afford to live in their own cities. It is time to recognise that housing is a human right, not a commodity. Let’s push back! The Shift, presented in the film, is a new worldwide movement to reclaim and realize the fundamental human right to housing – to move away from housing as a place to park excess capital, to housing as a place to live in dignity, to raise families and participate in community. The Shift has been initiated by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, in partnership with United Cities Local Government and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Meny cities gave already given the SHIFT their support. It is also open for NGOs like International Union of Tenants (IUT), national and regional unions of tenants and others. After the film Leilani Farha, Saskia Sassen and the director of the film, Fredrik Gertten were asked how they look at the development. Leilani Farhabelieves that if we really want to make change to ensure people can live in the city, then we have to be able to hold someone responsible for what is going on. It is the states. They also have the power to make changes. To stop this monster. She appreciated that I as a representant gave the support from IUT in the fight against this monster, Saskia Sassen, professor of Sociology at Columbia University, has studied the impacts of globalization for 40 years and coined the term “global cities”. She explained why an empty apartment is sometimes a better asset than its use as a home. She describes the investments in housing as high-end land grabs. And called the actors crooks! This is more than gentrification, it is destroying cities. Fredrik Gertten, explained why he wanted do to this film as he has witnessed the bas development in housing. I cannot reproduce this whole interesting hearing, but afterwards the audience stood up and showed their immense appreciation of this film. In the film you also meet Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economy. He explains how the private equity firms managed to grow throughout every crisis in the financial system, ending up becoming the biggest landlords in the world. Stiglitz also explains the big shift in history when the deregulation of the financial markets opened the floodgates for investors. Roberto Saviano, Italian journalist and author of Gomorra, was forced into hiding after exposing the business side of organized crime. “Tax havens are where criminal capitalism and legal capitalism meet and merge. Mafia organizations were the first to create and facilitate money-laundering mechanisms through tax havens.” ... See MoreSee Less

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At least a former president of USA is working for more affordable housing, the 94 year old Jimmy Carter.
From The Hill:
“We at the Carter Center sure are rooting for him and are grateful for his long life of service that has benefited millions of the world’s poorest people,” the center told the Journal-Constitution.
The couple have remained active supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the nation's most prominent housing charity, since leaving the White House and announced last year that they planned to join the organization for volunteer work in Nashville later in 2019.
“President and Mrs. Carter know the cause of affordable housing is only becoming more urgent, and so we are so grateful they will once again mobilize hundreds of hands and thousands more voices to this cause,” said the organization's CEO, Jonathan Reckford, in a press release last year.
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2019-03-22  ·  

The economic costs and
benefits of Airbnb
No reason for local policymakers to let Airbnb bypass
tax or regulatory obligations
Report • By Josh Bivens • January 30, 2019
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