In Denmark, apartment mailboxes have been compulsory in apartment blocks for the past five years. In Sweden it is up to the property owner to decide, and Forum för Fastighetsboxar (Apartment Mailbox Forum) is working hard to get more owners to choose apartment mailboxes. After a few years of resistance the tide has turned, and this year’s target has been more than exceeded.
The target for 2015 was for 39,600 mail slots to be replaced by apartment mailboxes. In November almost 49,000 mail slots had been replaced.
E-commerce is helping
“The increase in e-commerce is helping our cause. Consumers want their goods delivered to their homes, which makes the apartment mailbox very useful.” says Lisa Jones, Head of Forum för Fastighetsboxar. She goes on to say:
“When it comes to property owners and tenant-owner associations, we’re seeing a very clear generational shift: the younger ones are more interested in the advantages of apartment mailboxes."
The reasons why people choose apartment mailboxes varies. Property owners in downtown Stockholm are mainly attracted by being able to offer tenants and tenant-owners better service, in particular where e-commerce is concerned. In the public housing areas in the suburbs, property owners are more interested in greater security and less noise and smell, which are side effects of mail slots being closed up or doors being replaced.
In Sweden 39 percent of all apartment blocks have apartment mailboxes. In Denmark almost all apartment blocks have apartment mailboxes. The Danish Folketing (Parliament) decided in 2004 that apartment blocks built in 1974 or later would introduce apartment mailboxes by the end of 2009/start of 2010 at the latest. Individuals may, however, due to age or disability, still have their mail delivered to the door.