Several hundred municipal apartments in Oslo are empty

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Of Boligbygg’s 11,000 apartments in Oslo, around 650 are empty, according to an overview from Dagens Næringsliv. Among other things, an entire block at Tøyen is waiting for renovation.

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In 2019, Boligbygg had an average vacancy rate of 5.9 per cent, writes DN. That is twice as much as the commercial landlord Heimstaden.

Boligbygg’s goal is for the share not to exceed 4 per cent, but it has proven to take time to bring in new tenants. There are also many apartments that are vacant due to planned renovations and changed needs, according to the newspaper.

An entire block in Hagegata at Tøyen has been empty for six years awaiting renovation. The building is in poor condition. The plan was actually for Studentsamskipnaden in Oslo to buy the building, but the parties did not agree on a final sum. The building is managed by Boligbygg, but according to DN has been removed from the rental portfolio.

– The City Council is working to find new housing solutions for Hagegata 30. The work is well underway, and I share their impatience, writes Arild Hermstad (MDG), City Councilor for Urban Development, in an email.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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