Which political parties are backing tenants?
Of all participating political parties, only eight are in favour of at least 30 per cent social renting in new housing developments. This is according to a survey by the Woonbond.
The Woonbond asked its supporters from across the country to respond to three propositions. Political parties in all provinces were asked to respond to the same propositions. The results show that the views of a number of parties are at odds with the wishes of tenants.
The Provincial Council elections on 15 March will have a major impact on how the housing crisis in the Netherlands is addressed. That people expect action is clear from research by Kieskompas: voters think housing is the most important issue this election.
Truly affordable housing for all will only become available if people go to the polls en masse and support those parties that speak out for this. Read the full article in Dutch
Law regulating rent reduction in force
After the House of Representatives, the Senate also agreed to the law regulating rent reduction for low-income and high-rent housing association tenants by 2023. The law is effective from 1 March.
Thanks to the new law, tenants with rents above €575 and a low income will be entitled to rent reductions from 1 July 2023. Read the full article in Dutch
House passes law against slumlords
The Good Landlord Act was passed by the Lower House yesterday. The law gives municipalities more options to deal with faulty landlords. With fines, and when a pawnbroker has completely messed up, the municipality can even take over the management of a property.
The Woonbond stood at the cradle of this law five years ago, with a discussion paper on a better approach to abuses in the private rental market. The union is therefore pleased that the law has now been adopted by the Lower House.
Municipalities can tackle landlords who do not comply with the rules with administrative fines of up to €22,500. If a landlord is repeatedly at fault, this can go up to €90,000 and, in extreme cases, can lead to taking over the management of a property. In districts with a rental licence, property owners who have previously gone wrong can be refused a licence or taken away. Read the full article in Dutch
Kamer maakt einde aan te hoge borg voor huurwoning
Landlords will no longer be allowed to overcharge for their rental properties in the future. There was no law for this yet, but the Lower House has now voted for a change in the law. As a result, landlords will be allowed to ask a maximum of twice the bare monthly rent as a deposit. Read the full article in Dutch
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