No evictions during coronacrisis
No one should end up on the street because of the corona crisis. That is the opinion of minister Van Veldhoven of Environment and Housing and the landlord organizations and sector associations (Aedes, IVBN, Kences, Vastgoed Belang). They have therefore agreed not to evict teanants. In addition, the minister comes with an urgent law to extend temporary tenant agreement. The Woonbond and the LSVb support this. In line with this statement, vacancy managers have indicated in their own statement how they deal with their residents during this time of crisis.
The government has taken measures to ensure that as few people as possible get into financial difficulties in the short term. For tenants who are unable to pay the monthly rent despite these measures, landlords make an effort to provide custom work. In addition, no evictions are made during the corona crisis. Unless there are obvious reasons, such as criminal activities or extreme nuisance.
The residential parties represent more than 80% of the rental houses in the Netherlands. The minister expects that with these agreements appropriate steps have been taken to avoid evictions during the corona crisis. If it turns out that agreements are not complied with or landlords who are not affiliated with a landlord organization still proceed to evictions, a statutory measure is not excluded.
The minister comes with urgent legislation that allows temporary lease contracts to be extended for a temporary period during this crisis. Now a temporary lease can only be canceled or converted into a permanent contract. This may offer a solution for tenants who are approaching the end of the term, but who are unable to find another home due to the corona crisis. The aim is for the law to enter into force as soon as possible.
Joint statement by landlords on evictions and temporary leases during the Corona crisis
• The consequences of the coronavirus affect us all. Tenants may experience a (sudden) loss of income as a result of the coronavirus itself or as a result of the measures relating to the coronavirus. This can affect any tenant: families, students, singles or other households. As a result, some tenants can no longer pay the monthly rent.
• The parties below see it as a shared responsibility to take care of tenants together who are hit hard by the corona crisis. A pleasant house is extra important in this situation.
• The Cabinet is taking various measures to help households, to support employers so that people can keep their jobs and measures for ZZPs and flex workers in particular to support them in their income provision.
• In addition to government support, other parties that can contribute to solving any problems are also identified. This also includes landlords. In this way, we take our responsibility together in appropriate consultation, so that tenants with problems are not left alone.
• The government is the starting point for support, also for tenants. Affected tenants will therefore have to actively look for opportunities that the measures taken offer to support their financial situation. But also by drawing on existing options, such as applying for social assistance benefits, benefits from the UWV or adjusting allowances. Landlords will proactively point tenants to these options, for example by placing links on their websites.
• It takes time before this is arranged and people actually receive financial support and in some situations tenants cannot bridge this period financially. In those situations, landlords make every effort to find tailor-made solutions for tenants who have encountered payment problems due to the corona virus.
• Landlords will also not charge collection costs to tenants who have run into problems due to the corona virus. The common line here is that evictions are postponed for the time being during the crisis period, unless there are obvious reasons, such as criminal activities or extreme nuisance. The landlord will assess the individual situation for eviction proceedings that were already running before 12 March.
• The Government will also make it possible through emergency legislation to extend temporary lease contracts for a temporary period during this crisis. This measure was prompted by the realization that the daily life of many has been turned upside down by the corona crisis. For those infected with the virus and their loved ones, the impact is very large and immediate. But the measures that have been taken also have a profound effect on society. In these times, it is not appropriate to expect tenants to be able to focus their full attention on looking for other housing, while the landlord's notice period for their temporary lease is close by. This measure has no consequences for landlords and tenants who had already agreed that the lease would be extended to an indefinite contract.
• If the landlords are active as clients for vacancy management, they will be alert to the consequences of residents of vacant real estate whereby such contracts expire during this corona crisis. This is in line with the position made known by the VLBN.
• In elaborating this statement, we also consulted with the Woonbond, as an interest group of Dutch tenants, and the LSVb, as a representation of students. The Woonbond and the LSVb are happy with the statement, because it reduces uncertainty among tenants who may get into trouble because of the corona crisis.
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