Thousands of homes are in urgent need of repairs. Photo: Scanpix, Liv Widell/Sveriges Radio

Major rent rises expected for public housing

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Sweden's aging public housing needs major renovations, and an investigation by Swedish Radio News suggests that rents are going to rise to cover the costs, meaning that many tenants will have to move or try to buy a home instead.

Swedish Radio surveyed 107 areas of housing, covering 59,000 apartments built as part of the "million programme" project during 1965-75. Almost all of the local housing companies say they will raise rents to cover the renovations.

According to the Swedish housing agency Boverket, costs may be as high as SEK 300 billion over the next ten years. In one area of Uppsala rents have gone up by almost half again.

Analyst Georg Hardt at the tenants' union says that "we're seeing what you might call a mass migration from these areas."

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