BL – Danish Social Housing was founded in 1919 after citizens began forming organizations around 1850 to improve and gain influence over their housing.
Some of the organizations had a social-philanthropic objective, while some had the character of cooperative associations.
BL gathered the organizations to serve a common aim: to provide good housing for families and individuals belonging to the poorer classes in return for an affordable rent.
Today BL members cover almost 100 pct. of all Social Housing organizations in Denmark.
BL is managed by tenant democracy consisting of 11 districts distributed throughout Denmark. Each district elects an assembly of representatives, a chairman and a vice-chairman, who are thereby automatically elected to the BL board.
The assembly of representatives for each of the 11 districts also elects an (estate) board, which is responsible for activities in the district.
BL as an interest federation
BL works for its members’ interests by exercising its influence on the development of the social housing sector.
One major component of this involves representing the Social Housing organizations in relation to public authorities.
In collaboration with government representatives, the political parties, ministerial officials and Local Government Denmark, BL negotiates the overall framework within which the housing organizations operate.
The views and political stances advocated by BL in negotiations with public authorities are determined by BL’s Board and Assembly of Representatives.
Training and courses
BL provides training for residents and personnel in tenant democracy, management and administration. Every year, BL offers a wide range of courses, conferences and workshops on social housing policy, housing administration and elected representatives’ rights and competencies.
BL as an industry federation
BL assists members administratively, technically and socially to ensure that they remain a modern and effective part of the housing market. BL develops support tools for streamlining administration and has systematised the industry’s knowledge sharing while developing new solutions, standards, methods and business processes.
BL assist members with interpreting rules in all applicable areas, including:
BL as an employer association
BL negotiates wage agreements for approximately 12,000 people work on behalf of the Social Housing Sector.
BL also represents the housing organizations as employers in connection with disputes concerning the interpretation of contracts and dismissal disputes within the labour law system.
BL also guides on personnel, legal and labour market issues, including working environment and training issues.
The social side
Fact and figures