The right to stay put:
Resistance and organizing in the wake of changing housing policies in Sweden
Jennie Gustafsson (in collaboration with Allt åt alla Malmö), Elof Hellström, Åse Richard and Scott Springfeldt
Published in Issue 1.2 // Updates
Keywords: rental housing, neoliberalization, renoviction, housing struggles, Sweden
Tenants in Sweden increasingly face rising rents and displacement due to decades of ongoing housing deregulation. In this text, we explore different manifestations of these injustices, and reflect upon consequences and responses as they crystalize locally. By visiting the three cities of Stockholm, Malmö and Uppsala, we highlight three different examples of how tenants respond and formulate protests vis-a-vis privatization through tenure conversion (Stockholm), gentrification spurred by private rental actors (Malmö) and battles over green space and displacement in the rental housing stock (Uppsala). These vignettes exemplify how policy changes play out in different local settings and illustrate how resistance manifests itself on the ground.