Modernization of Apartment Buildings in Lithuania: Problems and Population’s Initiative

Anna Lipnevič

Abstract


Renovation of apartment houses in the academic literature is identified as one of the most important housing policy areas. This is a complex phenomenon in rapidly aging Lithuanian housing stock conditions. In the scientific literature, the need for modernization of apartment houses is emphasized, but in Lithuania, there is the lack of interdisciplinary studies of this phenomenon. Often, this phenomenon is analyzed in engineering and from an economic point of view, but from a sociological point of view, practically there have been no analyzes. The aim of the article is to reveal the apartment houses renovation policy developments in Lithuania and to highlight the most important problems of renovation.
Quantitative research data showed that only a small part of the houses is renovated under the Renovation program. Partial renovation of apartment houses is going on by themselves according to a population initiative. A large proportion of respondents are satisfied with the results, but they listed problems in updating blocks of flats. Without passivity of the population and financial problems, there are other very significant barriers to mass renovation: corruption in government, good construction companies and builders deficiency. Qualitative research results helped to highlight the most important home renovation problems, identify renovation incentives and barriers.

Keywords


renovation policy; modernization of apartment buildings; initiative of the population

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13165/VPA-15-14-2-02

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603