How can we ensure that everyone has housing rights?


Affordable Housing Options, Dissolution of Biases and Legal

Posted by Priyanka Sharma on 28 Feb, 2020

It is a basic human right to be able to find, afford and buy/rent a house. Housing is central to human and social development but unfortunately due to different reasons across different parts of the world, a lot of people are still struggling to find proper housing. 

  1. To ensure everyone enjoys equal housing rights, it's imperative to formulate and structure laws to support housing rights.
  2. Governments will have to play the most proactive role in ensuring the fulfillment of housing rights. They'll have to set up dedicated ministries/departments for housing (in some countries, it is included under urban development) that should have access to the latest demographic information.
  3. Govts would need to allocate subsidized housing options to people who cannot afford buying a house in the regular real estate market.
  4.  Govts would also need to create some basic housing options for the homeless. Mere shelters cannot act as a longtime solutions.
  5. Laws surrounding tenancy and renting of residential spaces should be updated with time. These laws must be scrutinized closely to ensure they can prevent biases for both the tenants and the landlords.