Many municipal-owned housing companies set demands on interested tenants. Photo: P4 Dalarna/Sveriges Radio.

Tough demands placed on tenants

Eight-two percent of municipal-owned housing companies set special demands on prospective tenants that, for example, require them to have a full-time job or to provide references to get an apartment, reports Swedish Radio News. These types of requirements are common despite the laws governing municipal-owned housing companies' that require them to take responsibility for society.

"They're really tough," says Barbro Engman, the head of the Swedish Tenant's Union, to Swedish Radio news. "They are barring large groups of people from having any chance of getting first-hand contracts."

Swedish Radio news asked 283 municipal-owned housing companies about the demands they put on prospective tenants. Ninety percent answered and eight of ten said they did set requirements.

Nearly half of the housing companies set a minimum income tenants must make. Nearly 20 percent demand that a tenant has a full-time job and 60 percent will not allow a tenant with a bad credit rating. If tenants do not fulfill the requirements, they must find a home somewhere else.

But Elke Herbst, the head of marketing at Kopparstaden, a municipal-owned housing company in Falun, says they must set demands. The company asks that prospective tenants make over a certain amount of money a year and that they provide references.

"We set demands so that people get a rent that is in line with the income they make," says Herbst. "It provides us security that the people we have living in our apartments can pay the rent".

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