Roughly 1,200 renters living in the induced earthquake region in the province of Groningen are eligible to file claims for immaterial damage due to gas extraction.
Translation by Traci White
RTV Noord reports that Woonbond (Housing Union) and other local tenant organisations are seeking to shed light on an overlooked group of victims of the ongoing induced earthquakes: people renting properties in the region. Most attention is paid to homeowners living in the province. The interest groups argue that tenants should be compensated for their decreased quality of life.
There are an estimated 30,000 rental properties in Groningen, and Woonbond is currently travelling to the villages in the impacted areas to inform tenants about their rights to compensation. The damage claims suit will be coordinated by the De Haan law firm in Groningen, which is also coordinating the Stichting Waardevermindering door Aardbevingen Groningen (Earthquake Depreciation in Groningen Foundation).
Last year, a judge ruled that residents of the induced earthquake region who feel unsafe in their accommodations due to the ongoing tremors are eligible for compensation.