In the context of the housing crisis, the role of bottom-up initiatives can have a crucial role to react to the dysfunctionalities of both the housing market, and the public sector. There are many examples from the world of housing cooperative movements providing affordable and good quality housing through non-profit, membership-based, democratic institutions, in partnership with various private and public actors. In recent years, Periféria Center has been facilitating a similar movement  in Hungary and in the broader context of Eastern Europe.



Rental Housing Cooperative Model in Hungary [Bérlői lakásszövetkezeti modell Magyarországon]

2020. Jelinek, Csaba and Zsuzsanna Pósfai. Periféria Working Papers 1.


The working paper provides a summary of our practical experience on the topic of rental housing cooperatives in Hungary. We provide an overview of the financial, legal, architectural/urbanistic and communal aspects of the potential framework, in which the implementation of a rental housing cooperative model in Hungary would be realistic. Besides analyzing inspirational examples from other countries, we also point out how the Hungarian regulatory framework should be modified in order to catalyze the spread of the model. The text introduces various Hungarian actors, who have been active in promoting and advocating for rental housing cooperatives in Hungary in the recent years.


Public lectures

Housing Crisis and Renters' Self-Organization [Lakhatási válság és bérlői önszerveződés]

May 1, 2020. Pósfai, Zsuzsanna. Forum for Trade Union Cooperation [Szakszervezetek Együttműködési Fóruma]

A Response from Housing Cooperatives for Social Care Crisis [A lakásszövetkezetek válasza a gondoskodási válságra]

March 5, 2020. Pósfai, Zsuzsanna. Budapest: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - Equal Care in East-Central Europe.


Rákóczi Collective - Alternatives to individual homeownership

2017. Gagyi Á., Jelinek Cs., Pósfai Zs., Szarvas M. Cooperative City Magazine


A new wave of rental-based housing cooperatives in Eastern Europe? – The experience of the MOBA network

August 28, 2019. Jelinek, Csaba and Zsuzsanna Pósfai. Athens: European Network of Housing Research.

Press appearances

Why is housing so expensive? [Miért ilyen drága a lakhatás?]

April 28, 2020. napiPartizán #18.