Smaller apartments in new building often carry higher fees, per square meter, than larger apartments, leading to questions about whether neighbors are treated equitably.
Smaller apartments in new building often carry higher fees, per square meter, than larger apartments, leading to questions about whether neighbors are treated equitably. Credit: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Fairness of housing coop fees called into question

Economist: Difference is as much as 75%
5:12 min

A new study from Swedbank's Sparbankerna reveals that in newly constructed buildings, people who've bought smaller apartments often have to pay significantly higher fees, per square meter, than their neighbors - who live in bigger apartments.

"Smaller apartments pay as much as 50, 60, 75 percent more per square meter in the same cooperative apartment," Arturo Arques, the private economist at Swedbank's Sparbankerna, tells Radio Sweden.

Arques questions whether it's fair to saddle the smaller apartment owners with a greater share, proportionally, of a housing coop's collective costs, and calls for a review of the way fees are set and new guidelines.

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