Keywords: housing maintenance, owner-occupation, Baltic region, healthy living, maintenance management, privatisation, human health, housing management
Housing maintenance management: the key-factor when creating healthy environment
Reports on housing discuss lack of maintenance of dwellings especially in shared ownership. These reports rarely discuss the role of owners when housing stock and relevant services are fully privatised. The paper discusses the role of residents in creating healthy and habitable environment in the situation of massive home-ownership. Contemporary housing management and maintenance requires introducing the principles of 'informed owner' calling for significant degree of operational knowledge and experience from the residents. If the residents cannot clearly present their aspirations and are not ready to fund the works, the property will remain poor and unhealthy.