Modern, environmentally friendly housing is needed, not only in Malmö and Lund, but across all of Sweden, and the state needs to provide support and financing. A state housing company with ultimate responsibility is needed to solve the housing shortage. Today’s system, where the rental market and private housing companies push up prices, has failed an entire generation, and it is time to take the housing shortage seriously.
Today, large chunks of public housing is sold despite the need for more rental contracts than ever before. MKB (Malmö Municipal Housing) is selling 1,650 houses in Rosengård for example, and rental prices are at risk of surging as a result. Private parties have been allowed to take over the housing market and we know that their desire for profit is always going to set the direction. The right to housing should not depend on a capital owner’s desire to maximize profit.
A young person’s right to security and dignity is at risk when the housing market is deregulated.
Today’s policies favour a small elite while us others are forced to live in the family home until we turn 27. We demand policies that put a young person’s right to a home first.
Published by: The Local (16 May 2017)
Written by: Hanna Franzén (Sydsvenskan)