Christiania violated housing rules

Freetown not living up to advertising and documentation requirements, says property agency

According to Bygningsstyrelsen, the building and property agency, the freetown of Christiania is playing a little too fast and loose with property laws designed to ensure open and transparent housing allocation.

It is reported that Christiania has encountered difficulties, following its 2011 agreement with the government to purchase the community's buildings and land for 76.2 million kroner, to then legally allocate the properties.

“Bygningsstyrelsen finds that the Christiania Foundation has generally found it difficult to meet the agreement's terms for the allocation of housing in Christiania,” wrote the board according to Jyllands-Posten. “This applies both to the advertising of vacant homes and documentation of the refusal of housing.”

The board's findings were sent to parliament at the end of last month.

No cash from banks
The criticism comes following the revelation that the fund behind Christiania has asked for 100 percent government-guaranteed loans, as mortgage banks have refused to lend money to Christiania. The money will be used to renovate old buildings.

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Even though the board concluded that things “are moving in the right direction”, politicians on all sides were quick to criticise Christiania for not living up to its part of the deal

Playing politics
The Christiania Foundation's lawyer, Knud Foldschack, accused the politicians of, well, playing politics and said that he has not received any complaints regarding housing allocation.

“If someone is unhappy, they complain,” Foldschack told Jyllands-Posten. “Christiania, like the rest of society, lives up to the agreement in nine out of 10 cases.”