PvdA and VVD: fine rack renters
The two governing political parties think housing owners who charge too much rent should be dealt with more harshly. As it stands now, they can overcharge and simply get away with it.
Many landlords raise their rent prices in order to evade the ‘point system’ used to evaluate the rents for social housing properties. By demanding rents of more than €710, they can ask for whatever they want. Another advantage is that they no longer have to pay any landlord charges (a tax on inexpensive rental properties).
The VVD and PvdA are filing a motion calling for the Minister of Housing to make it legally possible to fine these dodgy landlords. They warn that the number of homes left for people on low incomes, including students, is steadily decreasing.
The Dutch National Student Union (LSVb) is calling this motion a great start: ‘Everyone knows that rack renters often use scandalous methods to force students to pay exorbitant rents. Until now, you had hardly any way of opposing this,’ said Jarmo Berkhout, the organisation’s chairman. He is appealing to the Minister to push this motion through as soon as possible.