Ollongren refuses re-rent freeze

Minister kajsa ollongren (Housing) continues to refuse to put the increase in rent per July 1st stop. The Senate has already called twice a motion to do so. That is exceptional: the Senate rarely takes on motions.

In a short letter to the Senate wrote Ollongren Friday that they “now see no possibilities go even further.” “A minister who knowingly refuses to give expression to an explicit and repeated calls from the Parliament, bringing itself in political issues,” SP Senator Tiny Kox judges, who took the initiative for the motions.

The Senate adopted a motion in April to the rent due to the corona crisis once freeze, to prevent people getting into financial difficulties. On 1 July the rent increases for most people who rent their homes. Housing associations increase the rent by an average of 2.5 percent, though a small number postponed the increase due to the pandemic.

Customization

Ollongren left the Senate already know not to see in such general rental stop. They would prefer that landlords with solutions come as tenants get into trouble. A general freeze would “bring unnecessary trouble ‘landlords with preservation, maintenance and construction of new homes, the D66 reign woman writes.

Ministers adopted motions may disregard it, but usually they have to justify such a decision. Ignoring a motion may lead to a political rift between minister and parliament.

Step-by-step

Ollongren was called on June 2 for the Senate to explain its decision. A week later took SP, Forum for Democracy, Freedom Party, GroenLinks, PvdA, Party for the Animals, 50Plus OSF and a new motion calling Ollongren calls still implement the previous motion. According Ollongren it performs the motions do with “a phased approach” where she wants to take the economic situation and purchasing power effects of the corona crisis. Around Prinsjesdag she says to report to the Senate or ‘complementary measures’ are needed. She does not block action in those cases.

In May Ollongren made it possible for landlords to voluntarily temporary rent reductions or rent stop in to perform for their tenants. “It seems to me well confirm that this is my approach and I now see no possibility to go further,” the minister writes. Kox says to consult with the parties that have supported the resolution “about what we have to do.”

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