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Tougher rules for rentals

Families shut out of the housing market

Published måndag 27 augusti 2012 kl 16.06
A growing number of families with small children lack professional training and a home of their own. Photo montage: Swedish Radio

A growing number of families are not able to get a home of their own, according to information provided by the municipalities to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. Housing agencies are sharpening their rules for who they will rent to, says Maria Boustedt-Hedvall with the Department for Homelessness at the Ministry.

A survey of 13 municipalities conducted by the homelessness coordinators showed that families are a growing group among those who are shut out of the housing market, reports Swedish Radio News.

A large portion of them are young people with small children. The parents lack professional training and a home of their own. As a result, they are forced to live with their own parents.

It's a negative spiral for young families. They're not living on the streets but they don't have a home of their own, says Maria Boustedt Hedvall, adding that there is too little knowledge about how to handle the problem.

"We need to take broader action on this issue. It's a question of homelessness and being shut out of the housing market," she said.

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