Hybrid Housing

Combining the advantages of renting and buying

The Living Lab Hybrid Housing combines the advantages of renting and buying in a new kind of housing cooperative. To realise this project, VITO is working together with housing initiatives from citizens, developers, contractors, architects and local authorities.

The current housing supply does not match the changing needs in our society. The affordability of housing is under pressure and there is a growing scarcity of space and materials. Traditional housing models are often intended (partly) as investments and ignore the social added value.

A hybrid housing concept between renting and buying can offer a solution. Residents become co-owners of the buildings and thus have the advantages they would also have when buying a home: housing security, control, clarity about their housing costs and an opportunity to build up capital. At the same time, they have the freedom of renting, as they decide themselves to sell shares and leave the cooperative. Moreover, hybrid living relieves them of the legal, organisational and technical issues involved in building and managing a building.

Housing cooperatives are a well-known example of this hybrid living and have meanwhile claimed their place in many EU countries. Despite positive signals from ( upper) local authorities, this is not yet the case in Belgium. The aim of the do-and-learn project in the Living Lab Hybrid Living is to definitively introduce this hybrid housing concept into the Flemish housing landscape, coupled with change-oriented construction in order to maximise circularity.


Partners Endeavour, Autonoom gemeentebedrijf voor vastgoedbeheer en stadsprojecten VESPA, Groep Van Roey, Archipelago Leuven, Igemo, Abbeyfield Vlaanderen, Deloitte Legal-Lawyers, Stad Gent, Wooncoop, Symbiosis, Trividend - Vlaamse Participatiefonds voor de social