Nov 14, 2023 at 2:50 p.m
Residential landlords will soon no longer be allowed to work with temporary contracts. A proposal for such a ban won a majority in the Senate on Tuesday. The adjustment should offer tenants more security.
It was doubtful whether the proposal would pass. Last spring, the House of Representatives approved the plans with the support of BBB and CDA, among others. But it recently became clear that those two parties had serious doubts about whether they would also support the new rules in the Senate. Without BBB and CDA there would be no majority.
BBB, which has many seats in the Senate, indeed voted against on Tuesday. But because CDA did agree to it, there was just enough support for the ban. Ultimately, 34 of the 75 members voted in favor of the plan. VVD, JA21 and FVD also voted against.
The new law includes some exceptions. For example, homeowners are still allowed to offer temporary rental contracts to students and expats. Anyone who goes abroad for a while can also rent out a home temporarily. In addition, temporary rental to close family members remains permitted.
Many temporary contracts, few additional rental houses
The initiative for the ban came from PvdA and Christian Union. They are annoyed by the fact that landlords still often work with temporary contracts. At the end of such a contract, which runs for a maximum of two years, homeowners may place another tenant in their building and significantly increase the rent.
This has been allowed since 2016. The idea was that this would make more rental properties available, but that did not happen in practice. However, many landlords switched to temporary contracts, which caused additional uncertainty among tenants.
It is not yet clear exactly when the new rules will come into effect. However, they will only apply to new contracts. Existing rental contracts do not need to be adjusted.
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