9,500 Groningen tenants living in social housing from Lefier will have their rent reduced at of 1 September.
Translation by Traci White
RTV Noord reports that a new rental policy from Lefier will be focusing more on ensuring a balance between the quality and price of their rental properties. Starting in September, rent prices will be determined based on the real estate value and the energy label of the property.
Lefier says that around 9,500 tenants should have a 9.8 percent rent reduction, which should be about 47 euros less a month. The housing corporation says that the Dutch tax services have agreed to adjust the rental subsidies based on the new pricing. “We want to make sure that tenants don’t have to pay anything back to the tax services if they are receiving subsidies that are higher than what their rent price permits.”
Rent prices at Lefier’s other social housing properties will be going up by up to 3.9 percent, which is the maximum legal increase. The company says they will use the additional rent payments be investing in ways to bring down energy costs at their properties.
Tenants should be receiving a letter from the company explaining how the rental price of their home is calculated.