Radhus is a type of private house where the outer walls of several houses are connected to each other. It is the term often used on websites for any house which matches that description.
The significant differences to a villa (single house) are:
- As they are typically on a smaller patch of land, are less individual and have a smaller potential, the prices are usually lower than comparative single houses in the same area.
- In many cases the ownership is managed through a cooperative. That means house owners do not buy the house itself, but a share of this cooperative which gives them the exclusive right to live in the house. This is very similar to the bostadsrätt type of condominums. The cooperative also requires their members to pay a monthly fee (avgift) which is used for maintenance and financial obligations.
- As a major difference to bostadsrätt it is possible to buy out your share and make your row house an independent property without a monthly fee and the framework of a cooperative. This is called friköp. Row houses which are "friköpt" are sold under essentially the same conditions as single houses.
A Radhus is usually a lot cheaper than a villa and hence a popular alternative. For many people it is a step further along the condominium "career" with all the comfort of a house.
Types of radhus
Though Radhus is the common name on websites, it actually includes some different type of houses:
- Radhus is a house complex where one outer wall of one house is the outer wall of the next one. So, the houses are not separated at all.
- Parhus is a house complex with just two houses. In appearance it is rather one big house with two separate entrances.
- Kedjehus (chain house) is a complex where the houses are only loosely connected to each other. The connection is not made through the outer walls, but e.g. through car garages in between the houses.