Stowarzyszenie Mieszkanicznik, the Polish Residential Landlords’ Association is a first in Poland. Following 50 years of communist rule, the Polish rental market virtually disappeared. It only re-emerged after the 1989 transformation and the re-introduction of the free market economy. And whereas the rental market on the commercial side (modern office buildings, modern shopping malls, etc) quickly re-established itself with the influx of large foreign investors and companies servicing this booming market segment, the residential rental market is still lagging behind.
There are no commonly adopted market standards in residential rentals, no sources of education for the landlords. Until the coining of the term “mieszkanicznik” which borrows from the pre-WWII term for owner of a block of flats, we did not even have a term in the Polish language for a “landlord”. There are still missing many types of companies supporting the market (eg inventory takers, rent collectors, deposit schemes, tenant referencing, etc), and those existing ones (eg banks, insurers, lawyers and tax advisers, etc) have not developed specialized services catering to the needs of residential landlords.
The mission of the Polish Residential Landlords’ Association (Stowarzyszenie Mieszkanicznik) set-up in February 2012 is “to civilize the Polish residential rental market” and to bring it upto the standards of its counterparts in Western Europe or its sister Polish commercial rental market.
We will achieve that by reaching as many as possible of the estimated 600.000 Polish landlords, educating and persuading them to adopt modern rental standards, to facilitate the development of new business to support the development of the market and to persuade existing businesses to develop niche products for our segment.
We are a nation-wide non-profit organization, based on volunteers’ time and financial contributions of members - landlords themselves as well as businesses that wish to see better self-organization of this large market segment. Our headquarters are in the central Polish city of Łódź, but we already have branches in, amongst others, Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Katowice, Szczecin, Częstochowa, Bydgoszcz, and other Polish cities, as well as abroad in London, Frankfurt, Geneva and other cities with large communities of Polish expats.