On Tuesday, October 24 at 3:00 PM, the House of Representatives will vote on the budget for housing and, among other things, amendments and motions on a possible rent freeze in 2024. Despite the major housing and affordability crisis, rents are at risk of being significantly increased! We...read more
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 to spend on 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 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!
Signing up for our action 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 our 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). Want to know more about this association that fights for the right to housing and the city, join and join the national solidarity network? Read more on the page about the union.
step-by-step plan - Refuse the rent increase
Refusing the rent increase in the regulated (social) sector and as an occupant of non-self-contained accommodation (rooms) starts with following the steps in our Step-by-Step Plan. Click on the arrow to read a detailed explanation of each step. Prefer the complete step-by-step plan as a clear PDF? Download here in Dutch or in English. Do you have questions about the Step-by-Step Plan or our action method? See if you can find the answer on our frequently asked questions page (FAQ the rent increase)
before July 1st
Sign up – alone or together with your house, neighbourhood, district, residents' committee or tenants' association – for the action We Refuse the Rent Increase via this form on our website.
Note: This step-by-step plan assumes a rent increase as of 1 July in the regulated (social) rental sector. This includes residents of independent living space. If your rent increase takes effect on a different date, different terms apply.
Do you rent in the free sector? Then you do not have the same rights as in the regulated (social) sector. You can refuse the rent increase to give a signal, but you do build up rent arrears and with that you are in fact entering into a mini rent strike. We only recommend strike action as a method of action if it is done on a large scale and is well coordinated. There is currently no capacity within our action group for this. Are you still interested in this form of action, please get in touch. See also our answer to the FAQ page.
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: It is important that you continue to pay the rent every month until July 1st. Due to the withdrawal of the rent collection, nothing will change in the rent payment until 1 July.
Before May 1st Soon you will receive a written proposal from your landlord to adjust the rent: in practice, this is almost always a rent increase. This letter contains the newly proposed rental price as of 1 July. You can also read that you can submit a notice of objection to your landlord before 1 July. To be able to participate in our promotion, we strongly advise you not to use this. It reduces your chance of success and you only saddle yourself with unnecessary paperwork. Nor is it necessary. Will you only receive the proposal for a rent increase after 1 May? Then your landlord may have announced too late, and the rent increase may not take effect until 1 August at the earliest. This must then be announced again. If that does not happen, you can successfully object to the rent increase by refusing it.
Continue to pay the old rent after 1 July. Arrange a periodic transfer via internet banking of the entire rental amount that you already paid before 1 July. The start date of this new standing order is July 1 (or the day on which you are used to paying the rent). This way you can be sure that you will continue to pay the old rent and prevent you from building up rent arrears.
Also set up a periodic transfer with the amount of the rent increase to your savings account. By putting aside the saved money from next July, you prevent any debts in the future. (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.
Refusing the rent increase can be quite exciting for some tenants. Also after July 1, seek support from one of the local solidarity networks or set up one yourself. Together with your neighbours, you are stronger against your landlord!
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.
Is your landlord too late in sending a registered letter? before October 1st then the rent increase will legally not take place as of 1 July. Congratulations, you have successfully refused the rent increase!
If you refuse the rent increase, the tenant must submit the rent increase to the Rent Assessment Committee, and after 1 October that option will expire. So your rent will 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.
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.
We regularly organize online webinars to inform residents and tenant associations about the progress of the campaign 'We refuse the rent increase' and to answer questions. Want to know more? Sign up through the form!
The rental promotion has been running for a number of months now. Two webinars are planned in October in which we will discuss the next steps in the campaign and the approach to the Rent Assessment Committee. To ask? Register for the webinars! Tuesday 10...read more
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Make a more sustainable contribution to We Refuse the Rent Increase and housing movement in general? Consider then become a member of the BPW!
Do you want to commit yourself to our campaign? You can! Anyone who refuses the rent increase or supports our action can order action material via de Rode Lap! There are posters, stickers & flyers available to show your entire neighborhood that you refuse the rent increase this year! We encourage residents, neighbors, associations, or (action) groups to organize a flyer campaign locally and to go door-to-door against the rent increase! Do you want tips or help to organize such a local action? contact us.