Wij Weigeren de Huurverhoging

Rentfreeze: 10 years of rent increase is enough!

Rents have increased by more than 35% over the past 10 years. More than 800,000 tenants have too little left for the necessary costs and living expenses after paying the rent. Action group 'We Refuse the Rent Increase' is therefore fighting for a multi-year rent freeze to make housing affordable again for everyone, and to keep it that way.

Action is needed to make this possible. Action group Wij Weigeren de Huurverhoging helps tenants to organize themselves. Sign up now and follow the steps the step-by-step plan to refuse the proposal to increase the rent as of 1 July. In addition, you can also donate, so that in the coming period we can bring this campaign to the attention of as many tenants as possible and enforce a multi-year rent freeze! 

about us

Registering for our promotion and following the step-by-step plan are the first steps you can take as a tenant to refuse the rent increase and enforce a rent freeze, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. What happens after you register? What can you expect from us, and what do we expect from you? What other steps can you take to enforce the rent freeze demand and make our campaign a success? We go into more detail on the page about us. Do you have a specific question? Then take a look between our Frequently Asked Questions

The action campaign We Refuse the Rent Increase is an initiative of and is partly made possible by the Bond Precaire Woonvormen (BPW). Would you like to know more about this association that fights for the right to housing and the city, become a member and join the national solidarity network? Read more on the page about the union

step-by-step plan - Refuse the rent increase 2022

Refusing the rent increase in the social/regulated sector starts with following the steps in our Step-by-step plan. Click on the arrow to read a detailed explanation per step. Prefer the complete step-by-step plan as a clear PDF? Download here in Dutch or in English

before July 1st

You can sign up for the action alone or together with your street, neighborhood, resident committee or tenants association using this form on our website.

Note: This step-by-step plan is based on a rent increase as of 1 July in the social rental sector. If your rent increase takes effect on a different date, different terms will apply. Do you rent in the free sector? Then not all steps from this step-by-step plan apply. You can still join the action to put pressure on your landlord and politicians. However, this entails more risks. Do you have questions about this? Contact us.

You can arrange this immediately with our standard letter (download pdf)! Fill in the letter and send it by e-mail or post to your landlord. Feel free to ask for a confirmation of receipt. Make sure that you stop the direct debit before mid-June .

Note: Note: It is important that you continue to pay the current rent until 1 July 2022. Stopping the direct debit will not change the rent payment until July 1, 2022.

Before May 1st 2022, you will receive in writing from your landlord the proposal for a rent adjustment: in practice almost always a rent increase. This letter states the new proposed rent as of 1 July 2022. You will also read that you can submit a notice of objection to your landlord before July 1, 2022. To be able to participate in our action, we strongly discourage you from doing so because it is not compulsory, it reduces your chances of success and it results in unnecessary paperwork. If you receive the proposal for a rent increase after May 1st, Contact us.

Continue to pay the old rent after July 1. Arrange a new automatic transfer of the entire rent amount you paid before July 1, 2022, using online banking. The start date of this automatic transfer should be July 1, 2022 (or the day you are used to paying the rent). This ensures that you continue to pay the old rent amount and prevents you from accumulating rent arrears.

Also set up an automatic transfer of the amount of the rent increase to your savings account. By putting the saved money aside from July 2022, you can avoid any future debts, see step 9.

After July 1st

You have already taken the most important steps! Please note that you are not doing anything that it is illegal. You can always stop participating in our action and reverse the steps mentioned above. Read what the Legal Counter (Juridisch Loket) has to say about the legal possibility of refusing a rent increase.

From experience we know that these first steps might be scary for some tenants. It is therefore advised to maintain regular contact in order to support each other in this action. We will continue pushing the action and demands to landlords and politicians through media and direct actions.

From July 1st you continue to pay the old rent and put the amount of the rent increase into your savings account each month, as described above. Your landlord's rent collection agency might notice that you have not paid the rent increase and send you an automatically issued payment reminder. The collection agency might send you a payment reminder for the rent arrears. The landlord or the collection agency does not have a legal basis on sending a reminder. Therefore, you are not in debt arrears.

The landlord might continue to send regular payment reminders whose tone can become increasingly threatening. These letters have no legal basis. 1st reminder, 2nd reminder, demand, last warning, pass on data to the municipality, pass on data to the collection agency, threaten with a bailiff: landlords are persistent and intimidating, while these letters are not permitted by law: after all, you are not in debt arrears.

It is also possible that your landlord contacts you by telephone about your “debt” and attempt to negotiate payments. You only have to say that you are not in debt arrears and that the landlord needs to sort this out internally.

If you have not submitted a notice of objection to your landlord before July 1 and you have not paid the rent increase, the landlord can only do one thing. They have to send you a registered letter within three months after July 1 (so before October 1st of that year). In this letter, the landlord repeats his rent increase proposal from the the 1st May. This is the legal route the landlord must follow in order to obtain the rent increase. The letter is registered because the landlord must be able to prove to the Rent Commission at a later date that the tenant was aware of the proposal.

If your landlord is too late in sending a registered letter or if you do not hear from him before October 1st the rent increase as of 1 July will legally NOT take place. Congratulations, you have successfully refused the rent increase!

If you refuse the rent increase the landlord must submit the rent increase to the Rent Commission (Huurcommissie), but after October 1 that option is no longer available. Your rent will therefore remain the same this year.

If your landlord does send a registered before October 1st, then as a tenant you have to decide what to do:

  • Either you decide to pay the rent increase retroactively. To do this, use the money that you have put aside in your savings account since 1 July.
  • Or the tenant decides to submit a petition to the Rent Commission (Huurcommissie) (see next step).

If you decide in the previous step to go to the Huurcommissie, you must submit a petition before November 1st. If necessary, contact your own tenants' organization for help with filing a petition.

The costs for filing an application with the Huurcommissie are 25 euros and, as a tenant, you will receive an invoice for this. Tenants on social assistance benefits or similar income may be exempt from paying the 25 euros. Consider the legal fees as the only, one-time costs for participating in our action.

Now that you have notified the Huurcommissie, you will have to wait for their response. The Rent Commission can ask you to send additional documents, make a presiding decision or summon you to a hearing. Even then you can contact your tenants' organization for support or report this to us.

DISCLAIMER

This website provides a step-by-step plan for formally refusing a rent increase. As a tenant, you remain responsible in all cases for the steps you take or have taken when refusing a rent increase. The initiators of this website accept no liability in any form whatsoever.

Webinar

In the coming period we will organize online webinars to inform residents and tenants' associations about the course of the action 'We refuse the rent increase' and to answer questions. Knowing more? Sign up via the form! 

Dates:

Additional webinars in October! In October it will be make or break. Who has successfully refused the rent increase? Who received a registered letter? What are the next steps and what does the procedure at the Rent Assessment Committee look like that you might want to start in October? That's why we organize a webinar every week in October! Sign up and ask your questions!





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