24 % of the Apartments in Sofia are Uninhabited
Despite the continuous internal migration to the big cities, the number of uninhabited dwellings is large. The so-called dark windows in Sofia are 24% of the dwellings.
In Sofia area, they reach 48%. The percentage is also significant in Varna – 30 per cent, and in Plovdiv – 26 per cent. This is shown by a Eurostat report on the demographic map of the European Union published last week.
Community statistics are close to the findings of a World Bank report commissioned by the Bulgarian regional ministry and published in early November last year.
As the Sega newspaper wrote then, nearly 1.2 million homes in Bulgaria are uninhabited. This is approximately 1/3 of the total number of homes in Bulgaria. In the large cities, an average of a quarter of the dwellings are uninhabited, but in rural areas the percentage is far higher – an average of 43%.
The families who are almost under the poverty line or half of all people, 80% of the children under 18 and 595 of those between 16 and 29 live in a home which is considered overcrowded. 82% of the people who are renting their apartment also live with too many people. Over 3/4 of apartments in the country are in buildings which are over 30 years old and are not in good condition. The reasons for this unfortunate turnout are several factors: lack of care of the common spaces, oweners living abroad and not paying taxes and unreasonable expectations that the state has to take care of such problems. The problems are getting increasingly serious despite the popular rehabilitation propgramme for “free” funded with billions of leva by the state.