Policy & publications

IUTs’ standpoints and guidancepapers

IUT Policy Papers

Below are some key IUT policy papers and press releases on different matters. For our policies on energy, please see the special energy policy site.


11 Claims by the International Union of Tenants to continue building for each person’s right to a safe home in a Post-COVID World October 2021

European Parliament vote on affordable housing wins the day!

In a game-changer vote, the European Parliament adopted a bill to promote security of tenure, affordability and enforceable right to adequate housing.


The Recovery: A tenant-friendly EU Green Deal

11 claims by the IUT towards the EU Green Deal renovation wave- Boosting the economy by combating energy poverty and creating a sound and safe living environment in green quarters.

Corona pandemic: Statement from IUT

Don’t make the Covid-19 pandemic crisis a homelessness crisis – Read our statement in support of tenants, from IUT President, Marie Linder, and the Members of the Executive Committee


IUT has responded to the consultation by the UN special rapporteur for adequate housing. IUT  emphasised the need for states to take action to achieve the human rights goal of adequate housing for all. The response is available here.

Updates from the previous IUT President Sven Bergenstråhle can be found on this site.

IUT members have reported on the progress of housing policy in their respective countries and their wishes for the future in a booklet “IUT minisurvey and report to the 21st World Conference

The IUT Priorities for the European Parliament has now been translated to German, SpanishCatalan, French,  and to Italian. Members and supporters can use and adapt this to their particular circumstances and send the text to their respective MEPs.



IUT’s housing policy working group has drafted a letter  IUT Priorities for the European Parliament 2019-2024FINAL to MEPs ahead of the European elections in May 2019.  Members and supporters can use, adapt and translate if they wish and send their own version to their MEPs.

IUT has issued a position paper on security of tenure and rent stabilisation and control.  The paper was approved by the IUT Board at their Board meeting on 4th May 2018.

Press release on World Consumer Day 15th March 2018


Contribution to the Consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights


Preventing Inadequate Housing is a Gain for Society


IUT’s tri-annual EU activity report 2013-2015

IUT Declaration: Eviction is not the solution! People need roofs over their heads! May 2015

Future Challenges of Social Housing in Europe: New Perspectives for the financial and legislative framework of the EU


CECODHAS Housing Europe

Will the Investment flow to the real Economy meet Affordable Housing

IUT – meets with Commissioner Mimica, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection

Tenants’ Milestones for the new European Parliament (eng)

Tenants’ Milestones for the new European Parliament (fr)

Tenants’ Milestones for the new European Parliament (de)


About Time to stop a European wave of Evictions

In a Social Europe we want more Social Housing

Welcomes new EU Initiative for Social Housing


10 Energy Policy Recommendations of the International Union of Tenants

Affordable Rental Housing for the Young

We need more Affordable Housing to Solve European Economic Crisis, not less

IUT  published three joint documents with the EHF:


Future Perspectives of a European Housing Policy

Recommendations on Housing for Young Adults

Towards a European Agenda for Social Housing


Changing Lifestyles, Changing Climate

EU Commission, keep your hands off our social housing systems


EHF– Letter to Members of the European Parliament

Tenants Make a Social Europe


IUT EU Position paper, 2007

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