Existing Tools to Prevent Renovictions

Avoiding the eviction of poor households after housing renovation for a socially fair energy transition


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The word "renoviction" is a contraction of "renovation" and "eviction". It refers to deliberate or indirect evictions due to rent increases caused by housing renovation. In the context of the Renovation Wave, an initiative which aims to double the rate of energy-efficient housing renovation in the EU to meet the Green Deal carbon emissions’ reduction targets, the risk of renoviction is increasing in Europe. From Canada to Sweden and at the European scale, what are the tools to avoid low-income households to pay for the costs of the energy transition?

Where? On Zoom

When? May 24th, 2022, 4:00PM- 6:00PM CEST

 

Draft Programme:

Welcoming words: Alice Bergoënd – Project Officer at Feantsa
Introduction: Marie Linder – International Union of Tenants

1. Resisting renovictions at national level – experiences of social movements and political practices in Sweden & Canada

  • Åse Richard and Dominika V. Polanska – researchers at Södertörn University and Uppsala University: Resisting renovations in Sweden: Tenants organizing against housing companies' renewal practices in Sweden.
  • Claudia Chender - Member of Parliament for Dartmouth South and NDP House Leader: Experience from Nova Scotia where the political authorities implemented a ban on renovictions, which recently ended.

Q&A1

2. Resisting renovictions at a supranational level – what existing tools and perspectives for the future?

  • Marie Linder – President of the International Union of Tenants: How to take up the challenge of defending tenant’s rights against renovictions at the international level?
  • Maria Aldanas – Policy Officer at FEANTSA: Judicial tools available at the EU level to combat evictions and renovictions.

Q&A2 

Conclusion: Clotilde Clark-Foulquier – Policy Manager at FEANTSA