Rent-control leads to a lack of mobility on the housing market, a new report says. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix.
Housing shortage

Rent-control system stymies access to housing

A major reason behind Sweden's housing shortage is the rent-control system introduced in the late Sixties, a report from the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning claims.

The report states that too low rents in attractive inner-city areas has led to a shortage of around 40,000 apartments around Sweden, primarily in Stockholm, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported Wednesday.

According to the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning the rent-control system has led to a lack of mobility on the housing market. In addition, too few new residences are being built in Sweden.

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