RENT INCREASE LIMITED TO 1.4%
With this increase DUWO is mainly covering inflation for 2017. In a few cases where DUWO is not the owner of the property and different contractual agreements have been made, the percentage increase may be higher. This also applies to certain houses where the rent is lower than similar houses in the same complex. In these cases the percentage increase will not exceed 2.9% for shared accommodation and 3.9% for self-contained accommodation. DUWO has not applied the income-related rent increase of 5.4% in 2018.
Tenants will be notified of the new (basic) rent either by email or letter before 1 May 2018.
The amount of the advance payments for service costs has also been adjusted. DUWO has no influence on the level of most of the service costs. However, we try wherever possible to keep the service costs as low as possible. There is a slight increase in the rates for glass and household contents insurance and Ziggo this year, although the rate for the service agreement remains the same.
The tenant organisations have given their approval to the limited rent increases proposed by DUWO. We have agreed that an extra rent increase above the rate of inflation is not appropriate at this time because the income levels of the majority of our tenants are already under pressure. Our student tenants are also facing the introduction of the so-called study advance. In order to keep our accommodation affordable for people with a modest income, we have also decided not to go ahead with an extra rent increase (above inflation) for the mainstream social housing system.
More information about the rent increase for 2018.