The maximum rent increase for private sector homes was adopted by the Senate this week and the rent freeze for social tenants is also final. On July 1, almost all tenants in the Netherlands are faced with rent increases every year, but this year everything is different.
Four out of ten Dutch people rent a house, more than half of them from a corporation. It is complicated to find out which scheme applies to each home. Roughly speaking, there are three possibilities: the rent will go down (applies to 260,000 tenants), it will remain the same (applies to 2.5 million tenants), or it will increase by a maximum of 2.4 percent (applies to hundreds of thousands of free sector tenants).
First it is important to know which category you belong to. The Woonbond has a checklist for this. You are a social tenant if you paid basic rent below the liberalization limit at the start of your lease. Then the rent is protected by the points system. This year, the limit is 752 euros, but you may still be a social tenant if the rent is above that.
You then have to find out whether you are renting from a housing association, or from a real estate company or private owner. “With all types of landlords it is possible that you rent socially, if the home remains below the number of points, so that the price is protected”, says Marcel Trip of the Woonbond.
Rents are going down for tenants who …
- rent a social home from a housing association (no free sector or private rent).
- living in a single-family house / apartment / flat house / porch house: (does not apply to rooms, caravans and pitches).
- pay a rent that is higher than EUR 633.25 for one and two-person households
- pay a rent that is higher than 678.66 euros for households of three or more persons
- have an income of less than 23,725 euros per year. For single-person households under the state pension age
- have an income of less than EUR 32,200 per year. For multi-person households under the state pension age
- have an income of less than 23,650 euros per year. For single households with an AOW entitlement age
- have an income of less than EUR 32,075 per year. For multi-person households with an AOW entitlement age.
The income of children under the age of 27 is not included. If the above conditions were applicable in 2019, as a tenant you probably do not have to do anything and the rent reduction will be implemented automatically. “But no tax information is available yet for 2020,” says Marcel Trip. “Suppose you have started to earn less thanks to corona, this is common, of course, then you have to indicate to your corporation that you are entitled to the rent reduction.” How much the rent will go down differs per household.
Rent freeze applies to all social tenants
Then the rent freeze. After the fall of the cabinet, the VVD suddenly voted in favor of this measure, which applies once to all social tenants in 2020. If you still have to deal with a rent increase announced by your landlord, you can dispute it. The Woonbond has prepared a standard letter that you can then send. No effect yet? Then report to the Huurcommissie.
Submitter of the motion Sandra Beckermann of the SP states that the freeze applies to all social tenants, including people who rent privately, but below the social rent limit. Also for room tenants (usually students). There will be an allowance for landlords who miss out on income. 200 million euros will be released for this from an investment fund for companies.
Rents in the private sector up to a maximum of 2.4 percent
If you have a rented house with a rent that was above the liberalization limit at the start of the contract, you have probably been screwed a lot in recent years. Thanks to the tightness in the housing market, landlords were able to raise prices considerably, unless a maximum rent increase was described in the contract.
The rents of homes in the private sector may increase by a maximum of 2.4 percent for existing tenants on 1 July 2021. This is determined on the basis of inflation (1.4 percent) plus 1 percent. “That maximum of 2.4 percent therefore applies to all tenants in the free sector, unless there is a lower percentage in your contract,” said Trip. “Then the landlord must maintain that percentage.” The rent may increase more quickly when the occupant changes. There is no maximum for this.
And what if a landlord does not comply? “Then the tenant may report to the Tenancy Committee for the first time, within four months of the new rent becoming effective. That is an important first step towards greater consumer protection for this group. However, they are still not allowed to go to the rent committee if something is wrong maintenance of the house. ” The Woonbond has a standard letter for tenants who do not want to go directly to the Rental Committee.
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