Woman spends 28 years waiting for housing

March 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 28 (UPI) -- A 64-year-old Swedish woman got an apartment in Stockholm after waiting 28 years in a housing queue -- a wait that experts say is becoming common.

The woman, who joined the housing queue in 1985, will soon be living in an apartment on Strandvagen, one of the most posh streets in Stockholm, The Local.se reported Thursday.

Experts say long waits for rentals in Stockholm are becoming very common.

"Well, 28 years is a very long time indeed, and these kinds of stories underline that there is a problem in Stockholm," Anders Konradsson of the Swedish Union of Tenants told The Local. "If you want an apartment in Stockholm, especially on a street like Strandvagen, you're in for a wait. The problem is that there simply aren't enough apartments here."

There are currently 400,000 people waiting on Stockholm's housing lists, 15,000 of whom have joined since the start of this year.

Konradsson offered some advice to people looking to get housing sooner rather than later: "If you want a nice apartment in Sweden you have to be prepared to either pay a lot or wait. But if you're in a hurry for some reason and want something reasonably priced, get talking to landlords and try to rent something second hand. Write to them, talk to them, and don't forget to check sites like [Swedish buy/sell site] Blocket."

"It's quite tough, but I can't see any other way," Konradsson said.

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