Title: Housing maintenance management: the key-factor when creating healthy environment

Authors: Roode Liias

Addresses: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Building Production, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: housing maintenance; owner-occupation; Baltic region; healthy living; maintenance management; privatisation; human health; housing management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2007.014822

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2007 Vol.30 No.3/4, pp.457 - 470

Published online: 10 Aug 2007 *

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