The black housing market - A survey of thegeneral public’s attitude towards the market andpossible solutions.
The aim of this Bachelor of Science thesis is to study the black housing market, its spread and
expansion within the Stockholm region. This hidden sort of crime is compromised and organized
more than ever before. According to Fastighetsägarna the turnover is over a billion Swedish
krona in Stockholm City, Sundbyberg and Solna. The demands of tenancies are at an all-time
high and queue is all-time long. There is a housing shortage in the region and very few tenancies
are built. Besides the fact that the regulated rent may be a cause, it is also the fact that Sweden
today has the highest building costs in the European Union, although the country is one of the
most resource-rich. The politics regarding the possibility to be able to live in the inner-city
is primitive when the geographical location of the tenancies is not reflected in the rent itself. This
leads to a hidden economic value of tenancies that later on are resold in the black housing
market. Instead of an increase in the housing market, a creation of a black trade has been formed.
Black landlords that sell these tenancies illegally reach out to their buyers through contacts
and accommodation adds on forums such as Björnsbytare and Blocket.
This Bachelor of Science thesis intends to analyze what this criminality looks like and what
alternative ways there are to solve these problems.
A questionnaire with over 200 respondents has been made and interviews with representatives
from interest organizations have been performed due to the fact that literature within this field is
Radical actions are needed if the housing market is going to recover. There are various ways of
doing this which will be discussed further in this thesis. Most importantly are our results that
indicate how a new generation has been raised to think that the black housing market is
acceptable. It has become a natural feature in their everyday lives. We need to restore the
general public attitude if we ever want to receive a functioning housing market.
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