Is a room of one's own a human right?

Family moves to bigger apt, gets larger subsidy

Do teenage children have a right to their own room? An administrative court says yes, but the District Council in Hässelby is of another mind, TT news agency writes.

When a family recently applied for a higher housing allowance, because they had moved to a larger apartment, the District Council in Hässelby/Vällingby, a suburb of Stockholm, said no.

The family moved to a bigger home so the 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter would be able to have their own bedrooms, instead of sharing. The new apartment costs US$ 200 more a month, and Hässelby District Council does not want to pay the difference.

But the family appealed the decision in the Administrative Court in Stockholm, which ruled in favor of the family, newspaper Dagens Nyheter writes.

The District Council has not yet decided whether it will appeal the decision.

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