In short, the Social Housing Sector in Denmark stands on three main pillars:
Non-profit. Rents equal operating, maintenance and capital costs. The sector is regulated and there is no room for speculation.
Tenant democracy. All housing organizations are managed by tenant democracy, where each individual housing estate elects its own tenant board at a yearly tenant meeting.
The boards of the individual estate elect an assembly of representatives, which then elects a board for the entire organization.
The tenants have the majority in the board of the entire organization, but often representatives of the municipality have a seat.
Stable financial model. Subsidies are associated to the construction costs, but not the running costs of the housing areas.
In 2013 the Danish Social Housing Sector counts around 550 social housing organizations with a total of 7.000 housing estates.
All social housing organizations in Denmark have the same organizational structure even though their size varies a lot. In general, each housing organization has several housing estates.
Depending on the size of the organization, one housing organization might have hundreds of housing estates, while others have just a few.
The social side