The social housing agency will renovate 60 apartments on the Fennenplein
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported in the Omrop Fryslân, WoonFriesland will spend around 3.6 Million euros on the project, which will be completed between November 2019 and June 2020
In February of this year the corporation spent around 2.2 Million euros making 88 apartments on the Rixtwei in Leeuwarden more sustainable, whilst properties in the Leeuwarder neighbourhoods of Huizum and Bilgaard were also uprated.
The work on the Fennenplein apartments will include replacing kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets. Aside from that, individual gas-shut offs will also be removed- owners must then use electric cooking equipment and an electric boiler. The apartments will also be supplied with better ventilation and insulation.
The work will start on the 11 November. Housing corporations form much of the Netherlands’ social housing provision. They are run similarly to companies, but provide housing at a lower-than market rate, and profits are mostly used to update or build new housing. Of course, many housing corporations also build, sell, and rent properties in the private sector.
Most housing corporations operate on a membership system, whereby people can sign up and receive a ‘point’ or ‘tally’ for each month or year they are a member. Certain properties are then let to certain people with equivalent tallies. Some Dutch people sign themselves up from a very young age, to maximise their choice.
If you are a new International in the Northern Netherlands, utilising the Dutch social rent system can make for longer, cheaper, and better tenancies.
Image via Omrop Fryslân