The International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) is a pan-European non-profit association (ASBL under Belgium Law), comprising 30 organizations from 28 countries. Jointly, they represent more than 5 million private property owners of some 20 to 25 million dwellings all over Europe. Founded in 1923, UIPI aims to protect and promote the interests, needs and concerns of private landlords and owner-occupiers at national, European and international levels.
Based in Brussels, UIPI Secretariat is the executive body of UIPI in charge of public affairs, managing EU funded projects, conducting research and communication activities as well as the day-to- day management of the organisation. UIPI’s specific expertise is on all topics linked to real estate property and housing in Europe, including property, tenancy and condominium law, mortgage and internal market issues, energy efficiency and building technical requirements.
UIPI is partner of the European Parliament’s URBAN Intergroup and the Build Up Platform of the European Commission. In addition, UIPI is member and, since June 2014, the cochair of the European Housing Forum.
UIPI member associations are membership-based associations whose main functions are to represent the interest of property owners at the national, regional and local level and to
provide legal and fiscal advice to individual homeowners and landlords. They also organise information and training on topics linked to property, e.g. tenancy law, condominium law, property tax, successions issues, and even technical building topics. Many associations are considered as experts at national level on these topics and they have specialised staff.