In its housing resources, Poznań City currently holds 13,100 municipal residential premises rented to inhabitants who cannot afford to buy their own flat. This includes 864 social flats, allocated to families with the lowest income – a growing group due to the economic crisis. Given the lack of social flats for eligible persons, they stay in their former flat. However, due to Polish legislation, the municipality may be summoned to pay compensation to owners of flats occupied by persons who are entitled to social flats until they leave and move to the social flat.
So the decision was taken to transform some municipal flats of a low technical standard to social flats. It was therefore necessary to offer other flats to the inhabitants. In 2009, the Flat Exchange Office was established. In addition to the standard exchange, the Office also implemented a programme providing a possibility to move to new municipal flats of a higher standard. This was thanks to the launching of the Municipal Construction Programme in 2009, funded from Poznań City budget, through which about 100 municipal flats are acquired by the municipality annually (260 new flats will be built each year over the next five years). These flats are offered to municipal flat tenants who have regularly paid their rent, and the flats they leave are used for development of social flats.
In order to prevent the increase in claims for damages, the city introduced the system of extrajudicial settlements with owners of flats where tenants entitled to social flats are staying. A system was also created for the fastest possible development of flats abandoned by tenants, for instance, due to eviction. Each abandoned flat is offered as a social flat or for exchange of a flat which may be allocated as a social flat.
Between 2009-2012, 184 flats were constructed, including 11 flats adjusted for the disabled; the number of social flats increased significantly from 499 to 864; and it was possible to slow down the growth rate of compensation claims irrespective of the considerable growth of demand for social flats (from €4.5 million to €2.5 million).
As a result of settlements with flat owners, in 2011 and 2012 the amount of €1.2 million was saved. Results of three years of implementation of the project show that Poznań managed to control the crisis and to curb the level of compensation payments. The Project ‘Build-Exchange-Save’ contributes to keeping the balanced level of City debt.
|Award category:||weathering the storm. creative solutions in a time of crisis - supra-local and local level|
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|Keywords:||Municipal construction, exchange, compensation|
|Short English description:|| In its housing resources, Poznań City currently holds 13,100 municipal residential premises rented to inhabitants who cannot afford to buy their own flat. This includes 864 social flats, allocated to families
with the lowest income – a growing group due to the economic crisis.
|Organisation:||Board of Municipal Housing Resources limited corporation (ZKZL sp. z o.o.)|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||6-10|
|EU membership:||EU member|