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PvdA wants rent increases dealt with

4 March 2007 - Rents up to 800 euro should be protected against excessive rent increases. This said Staf Depla, MP for the PvdA, in response to reports on rent increases in Amsterdam.

Rent teams encounter examples in which rents suddenly double from six hundred to twelve hundred euro or more. Above 615 euro, landlords do not have to conform to the maximum rent. Depla wants to raise this limit to 800 euro.

In order to make it more attractive for investors to build houses for the middle class, the maximum rents that correspond to a certain quality level might be increased.

The new government has made no agreements on this issue. “It is not included in the coalition agreement, but neither does it state that it cannot be done”. The rent policies are to be elaborated through a dialogue with landlords, tenants’ organisations and municipalities.

An outcome of this dialogue may be that the points system to calculate maximum rents will be applied to rents up to 800 euro, but it is also conceivable to make agreements with housing corporations on the number of affordable houses that should be available.

Background: ‘Housing corporations hunt for points to raise rent’. Photo: House at the Maasstraat which saw its rent raised to 1,250 euro.


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