'City of Amsterdam imposed prince Bernhard and partners penalty payments'

The city of Amsterdam imposed a penalty for Prince Bernhard van Oranje and his business partners in 2018, because they had violated the rules concerning the letting of buildings in Amsterdam. Member of Parliament Wybren van Haga also received a penalty payment.


The city of Amsterdam imposed a penalty for Prince Bernhard van Oranje and his business partners in 2018, because they had violated the rules concerning the letting of buildings in Amsterdam. Member of Parliament Wybren van Haga also received a penalty payment.

That is what Het Parool wrote on Saturday morning on the basis of documents that the newspaper obtained through an appeal to the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wob).

The prince and his partners were accused of renting out properties to large groups of tenants, while they did not have permission to do so. In November 2017, Bernhard said he knew nothing and that the rules of the municipality were not circumvented.

After several letters were sent in December 2017 to warn the property investors, the municipality finally decided to impose a penalty payment. At the end of May, investors received a permit for the letting of the buildings.

Prins received a warning in 2017

However, it appears from the documents that the prince received a warning from the municipality on 19 June 2017, because he let a building to six people. The prince claims not to have known this, because the leasing and handling of the mail have been outsourced.

VVD member of parliament Van Haga was also fined for the lease of a house to six people. The MP has dozens of addresses in Amsterdam and Haarlem.

With more than three hundred addresses, Bernhard is one of the largest property investors in Amsterdam. His real estate company also owns the circuit of Zandvoort and last week bought the Mediapark in Hilversum.

REF: https://www.nu.nl/amsterdam/5679476/gemeente-amsterdam-legde-prins-bernhard-en-partners-dwangsom-op.html

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