Unión Internacional de Inquilinos

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La IUT (inglés:International Union of Tenants, IUT) es una Organización No Gubernamental fundada en 1926 en Zurich, Suiza, para defender los intereses de los inquilinos. La IUT es una organización no partidaria que trabaja bajo formas democráticas.
La IUT tiene (2008) 58 organizaciones miembros en 44 países, de los cuales 33 son europeos. La IUT tiene estatus de organización consultora en el Consejo Social y Económico de la ONU.

La dirección de la IUT se reúne dos veces por año. El Congreso se celebra cada tres años.

Sus objetivos incluyen:

  • Cooperación entre inquilinos compartiendo información.
  • Satisfacer los derechos de todos con una vivienda confortable en un entorno saludable y sin ruidos con un alquiler accesible y justo.
  • Democracia entre los inquilinos y derecho a participación.
  • Igualdad de oportunidades (no discriminación) independientemente del sexo, raza, pertenencia étnica y credo religioso de cada uno.
  • Garantía de permanencia.
  • Derecho a organizarse.

Las actividades de IUT incluyen:

  • Información por Internet con la página web The Global Tenant; www.iut.nu
  • The Global Tenant compartimiento trimestrial en inglés y en francés
  • Seminarios.
  • Participación en agencias de la ONU, como por ejemplo la Comisión Económica de las Naciones Unidas para Europa, Cepe; y el Centro de las Naciones Unidas para la Estudios sobre la Vivienda, UNCHS (UN Center for Human Settlements).
  • Participación en la Federación Internacional de Vivienda y Urbanismo, FIBU y en la Coalición Internacional de la Vivienda, HIC (Habitat International Coalition).
  • Participación en la red de la EU Foro Europeo de la Vivienda, EHF (European Housing Forum).

UII considera que la vivienda es uno de los derechos fundamentales en la sociedad, por lo que debe ser centro de la atención local, nacional e internacional. Una vivienda digna es, además, una de las salvaguardas de la paz y la seguridad en Europa y por lo demás, también en el mundo. La falta de un techo donde cobijarse es uno de los factores de la marginación social.
IUT y ses miembros promueve a Carta de Inquilinos, también disponible en
espanol en el pagina web de IUT.

IUT tiene por objetivo llevar el debate sobre la vivienda a la orden del día de la Unión Europea. La vivienda y el empleo están estrechamente unidos y deben ser considerados como una entidad. El problema de la vivienda debe ser incorporado en una de las comisiones de la UE. Para los países en transición se deben tomar medidas especiales

Informes, enlaces y publicaciones

Barcelona necessita un sindicat de llogaters, 7 nov 2016

Carta de inquilinos 2001

El alquiler es demasiado elevado: Necesitamos un control del alquiler. Declaración del Congreso del IUT 2016

El derecho a una vivienda adecuada, Derechos Humanos, April 2010

España: Alquileres vitalicios y precios regulados: los sindicatos de inquilinos llegan a España, mayo 12 2017

I want to rent in Catalonia

Informe Europeo de la Vivienda, 2011

IUT, Magnus Hammar: “Las leyes se hacen con la idea de que los inquilinos son unos perdedores” Oct. 12 2015

“París y Berlín protegen el arrendatario ante incrementos desmesurados del alquiler” 2016

Plenty of eager renters but not enough housing in Spain, March 10 2015

Spain, Barcelona: L’habitatge, un dret com una casa. Reptes per millorar l’accés a un habitatge digne, con el Alcaldessa de Barcelona Ada Colau, Max Gigling y IUT Magnus Hammar, en YouTube, Oct.24 2016

Spain, Catalonia: El Govern implantarà un índex de referència de les rendes de lloguer per ”modular” els increments ”exagerats”, enero 17 2017

Spanish housing policies, 2007




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IUT at the #Housing2019 conference in Manchester. The Prime Minister's speech.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqKgDb2Ofg4&utm_source=Ocean%20Media%20Group&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10673395_Day%202%20of%20Housing%202019 ... See MoreSee Less

2019-06-27  ·  

The winners of the ERHIN awardsFor the third edition of the ERHIN awards, we received a record-breaking number of 86 submissions across five categories from 16 countries, and so, deciding on five winners and finalists was a challenging task for the Jury.

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s European Responsible Housing Award:

Winner of the category “fair financing for housing affordability”:
Place-based anti-speculation housing policies – Barcelona, Spain

Public company Institut Municipal de l’Habitatge i Rehabilitacio (IMHAB), as part of the forward-looking Right to Housing Plan 2016-2025, pursued “place-based anti-speculation housing policies” - which included, among other things, selective acquisition of privately- owned housing units, mobilisation of affordable housing through bilateral agreements with private landlords.

What the Jury liked, Anne Viita (Finnish Union of Tenants):

The Barcelona model is a strong housing planning that can regulate the private market.

Social housing in the center of the city. Innovative aspects to tackle the erosion of the housing stock in gentrified areas.

Replicability: interesting to engage other cities to do the same and inspire the municipalities to solve the problem of evictions.

Increasing the affordable and public housing stock in a city which has a low level of both.

Winner of the category “more than a roof – supporting communities of equal opportunities”
Nettelbeckplatz – An experimental way of renewal a cooperative housing estate in Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Housing Cooperative Berlin Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG pursued an experimental and innovative renewal of a 1970s social housing complex, which featured adaptations as well as additions/extensions (of modern apartments, ateliers, co- housing solutions for a variety of households), using innovative construction strategies, energy-saving technologies, improving accessibility, expanding common spaces, and supporting the self-organised community.

What the Jury liked, Paulus Jansen (Director Woonbond)

This project is the combination of several measures such as the refurbishment of former housing stock following energy efficiency standards, social and function-mix combining residential with art & crafts studios, shared spaces, and common facilities for seniors and participation of the local community.

The project can serve as a “blue print” for other cooperatives and community- orientated investors.

Provide additional 4.200 m2 of living space generated through the re-design without affecting the size nor the quality of the existing public areas in the court-yard

Holistic approach with strong participation of the residents.

Winner of the category “leaders of innovation, agents of fair energy transition”
Moerwijkzicht Breda, Netherlands

Non-profit organisation Alwel – wants to make their housing complex “future-proof” and initiates a major energy renovation of 241 social rental homes. This involved numerous actions, including complete disconnection from gas, improved insulation and ventilation, increased comfort, decreased consumption, upgrades in lighting and window, new overall aesthetic following a design and color scheme. However, it was the resident involvement and intensive collaboration (diverse mix, ca. 25 different nationalities, and 25 residents designed “floor contact person”) which was the project’s “most significant success factor”.

What the Jury liked, Eddie Jacquemart (President of Confédération National du Logement):

The Moerwijkzicht Breda is one of the first large-scale projects in the Netherlands in which natural gas heating has been replaced by district heating.

The tenants are strongly involved in the project.

The heating requirement of the dwelling has been significantly reduced at the same time; residents pay lower living costs than before the renovation, have a more comfortable home with a healthier indoor climate, and the emission of the building- related CO2 has been reduced to zero.

Winner of the category “building strategic alliances, fostering community participation”
The Kaleidoscope Project – Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France

Public housing company Villeneuve-Saint-Georges OPH acknowledged structural challenges in the area and vulnerable residents in the community. They also recognised the need to evolve their decision-making processes, by involving tenants more fully, in fact, by pursuing a “100% participation” policy. Practically this means prioritisation of projects, exchange of ideas, conversational walks, participatory work-camp, amongst other actions.

What the Jury liked, Lenka Tarabová (Assossiation of Tenants of the Czech Republic – SON)

The Kaleidoscope Project allowed strong resident empowerment in one of the most challenged areas in Ile de France (56% social housing, 38% of household below poverty line, difficult location because of a lot of traffic).

Favour social mix and cohesion through sports activities, like the co-construction of a city stadium, or the play areas for young children or the collective practices that benefit the environment (creation of a shared garden).

Creating opportunities and institutional structures for comprehensive participation of tenants and stakeholders for the new project design. The application is very transparent and well documented.

With the ERHIN trophy, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges OPH hopes to experiment more by attracting the attention of artists, architects, sociologists, urban planners, etc. who wish to participate and contribute to new ideas.

Winner of the category “empowering the team, addressing employees changing needs”
Power to the People – empowering the team to improve services – Torino, Italy

Public body ATC del Piemonte Centrale underwent a strategic repositioning of the organisation, which involved comprehensive training of 100 staff members, as well as redefining dialogue with stakeholders, implementing new procedural and managerial methods, and service-oriented approaches.

What the Jury liked, Barbara Steenbergen (Head of EU liaison office, IUT)

Change management by strong resident’s and staff involvement, concentrating on multiple issues:
1) Preventing and managing late payments;
2) Common regulations and methods for improving effectiveness and efficiency in service and supply contracts, organize training for workers in order to create more staff with managerial skills
3) Managing maintenance requirements of the housing estates together with the residents. Ordinary maintenance jobs have been redefined by assigning €500,000 per year to repairs carried out autonomously by residents.

In a difficult context for social housing as in Italy, this project can inspire a change all over the country as it’s exportable.

An impression of the ERHIN Jury:

The ERHIN Awards is very well organized. It is important to highlight good practices. I am surprised by the number of quality projects submitted and the amount of solidarity in different parts of Europe.

We would like to thank for the possibility to be part of a panel of experts. Every new challenge is of benefit to us. We were allowed, at least virtually, to visit the various corners of Europe and see a lot of humanity.

This is a tool to show in different countries that you can make things happen if you want to. There is no need to invent new things, but be inspired by projects that work well and have positive results. Tenants are an important part of every community - tenants make cities! The ERHIN initiative shows how to make their lives happier, more comfortable, and more social.

If you have any questions regarding the Awards, please contact us:
Barbara Steenbergen and Ilaria D’Auria
Internationa Union of Tenants (IUT) Phone: +32 2 513 07 84
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