Wij Weigeren de Huurverhoging

Newsletter #12

  • Rent freeze 2024 – Send a letter to the House of Representatives
  • Residential protest October 28, The Hague

rent freeze 2024 - Letter to Members of Parliament

On Tuesday October 24 at 3:00 PM the House of Representatives 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 would like to ask you to email the letter below to the Housing spokespersons of VVD, CDA, D66 and the Christian Union to call on them to stop rent increases and vote for a rent freeze. If they do not do this, we will protest even more massively in 2024 by refusing the rent increase and taking direct action against landlords and politicians. We hope it doesn't have to come to this. 

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At: 

P.dgroot@tweedekamer.nl;

i.vdijk@tweedekamer.nl;

F.boulakjar@tweedekamer.nl;

P.Grinwis@tweedekamer.nl

Subject: Stop rent increases in 2024!

 

Dear Members of the House of Representatives,

In the period 2009-2019, rents increased by an average of 35%. More than 800,000 tenants do not have enough left over for essential living expenses after paying the rent. 58% of tenants paid more than 40% of their income in housing costs. The average housing costs of tenants are 38%, while NIBUD considers a maximum of 30% to be reasonable.

In short: Housing has become unaffordable for the lower and middle classes! Rents should go down, not up. Affordable and secure housing is a fundamental right.

The minister recently presented proposals to increase rents in the social rental sector by 5.8% and in the private sector by 4.9% and to maintain the income-related rent increase.

In this way, in addition to availability, housing security and sustainability, we also maintain the affordability crisis.

We call on the House of Representatives to stop rent increases and freeze all rents for at least 5 years. The government must now invest heavily in widely accessible public housing.

If the House continues to increase rents, thousands of tenants will be forced to massively reject the proposal for a rent increase in 2024 and take action.

We hope it doesn't have to come to this.

Hoping for your positive response.

Kind regards on behalf of all tenants in trouble,

Wij Weigeren de Huurverhoging

Residential protest October 28, The Hague

We would also like to call on you to go to the Residential protest to come on October 28 in The Hague to strengthen our demands for a rent freeze. We fight together for widely accessible public housing, against slum landlords and rent increases and for regulation of all rents.

While homelessness and waiting lists for social housing continue to increase, the government mainly finances the construction of residential areas, luxury residential towers and meager container homes. Too little effort is being made on the affordable and permanent housing that is needed to solve the housing crisis. Project developers and landowners often engage in land speculation and deliberately postpone the construction of homes for their profits when land prices are too low. In this way, a complex of project developers, land and property owners and slum landlords benefit from the scarcity.

That system is unjust and unsustainable. The government must take control to put the interests of tenants and home seekers first and not the profits of the real estate industry. 

Towards democratic, fair and accessible public housing!

Date, time and location

Saturday October 28, 2023

1:00 PM

Koekamp, The Hague

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