The government has introduced a guarantee directed to landlords which states that if a tenant can not pay his or her rent, the municipality will pay instead. The idea is to make it easier for young people, immigrants and people with low income to get a right of tenancy.
The municipalities are however hesitating to take this risk. According to the initial proposal from the former government, the state should stand for the risk instead of the municipalities. In the final version the state pays 5000 SEK per each individual that the municipality stands surety for. That would not be enough if a person can’t pay the rent for three or four months, a time that might pass before one is thrown out.
Around 190 of the 290 municipalities have decided to introduce the new guarantee, among them Stockholm.