The increase in rents for housing in the social and private sector is linked to inflation.

With inflation rising to more than 5 percent, the Woonbond is concerned about the scope that landlords offer to raise their rents.

Stijn Jansen lives in an apartment in Nijmegen that costs 1,100 euros a month.

"If the rent is allowed to increase by 4 or 5 percent, then the landlord usually does too. That saves 50 euros a month. I hold my heart for everyone who is in the same situation as me."

It remains to be seen exactly what percentage the rent may be increased.

The Ministry of the Interior determines this annually and says in a response it is still studying the figures.

It is true that rents depend on an annual average of inflation.

It is therefore not obvious that the 5.6 percent of November will be the starting point, but inflation will be significantly higher than last year (1.4 percent).

There is also a difference between social rented housing and private sector housing.

As an exception, a rent freeze applied this year to social housing, whose rent is regulated according to the points system.

For the coming year, a rent increase of inflation plus 2.5 percent is allowed for the time being.

Suppose inflation is 3.5 percent for 2021, then rents may increase by 6 percent from 1 July 2022.

"For some of the tenants, the high rent comes on top of the more expensive groceries and energy bills that have caused the high inflation."

Marcel Trip, Woonbond

Housing associations are not allowed to let rent rise higher than inflation

An exception to this are rental houses owned by housing associations.

There is a rent limitation for this.

This means that the rents of social rental housing may not, on average, rise higher than inflation.

That limit is therefore higher with higher inflation, but the question is whether housing associations will implement this.

Umbrella organization Aedes informs NU.nl that it is still in discussion about this, but that corporations can, in principle, decide on this independently.

For the free sector, with rents that are not regulated and are only laid down in the contracts between landlord and tenant, a legal maximum of inflation plus 1 percent has been applied since last year.

With an inflation of 3.5 percent (estimated), rents would therefore be allowed to rise by 4.5 percent as of 1 July.

SP wants to raise the influence of inflation on rents in the House of Representatives

The Woonbond says it is concerned about what this means for tenants.

"For some of the tenants, the high rent comes on top of the more expensive groceries and energy bills that have caused high inflation. A large group is increasingly getting into trouble," said spokesman Marcel Trip.

"There is policy room from politicians to deviate from that link with inflation. I am curious whether that will happen."

Stijn Jansen tries to draw attention to the problem via Twitter.

"I have the impression that politics is not very alive yet. It is a lot about inflation, but little about what this means for tenants."

The SP is definitely on the lookout for the issue, says Member of Parliament Sandra Beckerman, who tried to freeze social rents again during the tax plans of the outgoing cabinet.

There was no political majority for that.

"A majority seems to opt for a rental explosion. That is a bad choice, because the gap between tenants and buyers, who do not see inflation in their housing costs, is only widening."

The SP will again argue for a rent freeze in the coming weeks.

"Rents have gone up fast enough in recent years," said Beckerman.

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