Expert article
Modifier 18 June 2021
by Nils Scheffler

Recommendations for the establishment of a new housing cooperative to provide affordable housing in Mataró

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Background

The city of Mataró has developed the project “Yes, we rent!” to provide affordable housing in the private rental market. Cornerstone of the approach is the establishment of a new housing cooperative. Its purpose is to provide its members access to decent housing at an affordable price, to advice and train in tenure issues and to facilitate its members with services in the flats that can improve their living conditions in the different stages of their lives. The main idea of the project is to acquire private empty flats, renovate and rent them via the cooperative to its members for an affordable price.

In 2020 Lorenzo Vidal, Raquel Gallego and Charlotte Fernández from the Institute on Government and Public Policy (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona have analysed this approach during the starting phase of the “Yes, we rent!” project. Based on the analysis they have come up with three main recommendations on what to take care of in the further implementation of the "Yes, we rent!" project in order to build a strong cooperative in line with the project's goals.

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