House of Parliament pause hinders approach to housing crisis
The Woonbond is calling on the Lower House to, among other things, deal with the Affordable Rent Act quickly and not postpone it. The fall of the cabinet threatens to bog down the approach to the housing crisis. ‘Tenants and house seekers cannot wait for elections and a long formation process,’ writes Woonbond director Zeno Winkels in a letter to MPs. ‘That the cabinet is now pulling the plug should not lead to another standstill in tackling the housing crisis.’
The Affordable Rent Act ensures that tenants in the free sector pay a price that is reasonable compared to the quality of the property. Until now, they have been paying sky-high usurious monthly rents that are out of proportion. Read more about this law in this background article. Read full article in Dutch…
Tenants sought for test case for rent increase
The Woonbond is looking for tenants who want to participate in a test case aimed at clarifying financial compensation for the glue increase.
Last December, the Supreme Court upheld earlier rulings by lower courts: from 1 March 2013 to 1 April 2016, the Tax Authority should not have given any information about tenants’ income to landlords. Unfortunately, judges have still not ruled on any financial compensation. So it is still uncertain whether the Tax Office will have to pay damages to tenants. Read full article in Dutch…
66 new social housing units on IJburg
Housing corporation Stadgenoot has completed 66 social housing units on IJburglaan. The houses are mainly intended for small families and one- and two-person households.
The first residents received the keys to their new homes yesterday. The new residential building has a flexible layout. The installations can be moved easily, which also allows the layout of the homes to be changed.
The building is located at the head of Haveneiland West. A garden has been laid out on the roof to collect and retain rainwater. Excess water is discharged to the sewer system via a buffer basement from the car park. The complex will also house a breeding place for artists. Read full article in Dutch…