Housing has different functions for different groups of people: it provides a home for residents and work for builders and planners. It is a considerable economic burden for some and a source of wealth, status, profit or authority for others.
Housing is a social right according to various international and European treaties that have been used for decades by supranational courts to set legal standards. Respecting the right to housing is no longer a political choice but a le
Not all housing crises in Europe are equal. For example, in Serbia 29% of households spend more than 40% of their disposable income on housing – this compares to an already-burdensome average of 11% across the EU-28.
But within the European Union, there are vast disparities: the EU country with the highest number of households above the common 40% marker of overburden for housing costs is Greece, at 41%; at 1.1%, Malta has the lowest number of households struggling to pay f