A cake was brought to housing corporation ‘Woonbedijf’ yesterday, because rents will not be increased this year. Dutch ‘Woonbond’ (housing union) and ‘Huuralarm’ (rent alarm) Foundation Eindhoven went to the Woonbedrijf office with pastries yesterday, reported Omroep Brabant.
Housing associations have until May 1 to mention the rent increase to their tenants. Rents may rise up to 5 percent maximum per year. By not doing so, Woonbedrijf misses considerable revenues: if they would increase the rents with 2.5%, this would provide a 4.5 million euro extra income. Even the 1% inflation adjustment won’t be posted.
And this deserves a feather in their cap, Woonbond and Huuralarm thought. So far Woonbond is the only known corporation in Netherlands to hold on to the old figures.