Tenants go to court over extra rent increases for high earners
Thursday 29 March 2012
Four people living in rent-controlled properties in Amsterdam are taking the Dutch state to court over an extra 5% rent increase for high earners, Nos television reports.
Landlords have been given the green light to ask the tax office about their tenants' incomes, to see if they should pay the extra rent. The government hopes the increase will encourage high earners to move into the private sector or buy their own homes.
However, the law has not yet been passed by parliament, and the four tenants say the tax office has no right to tell their landlords if they earn more or less than €43,000.
'The government should be protecting information about my private situation, not throwing it on the street,' Frank Ondunk, one of the four involved, told the Nos.
The case will be heard in The Hague on April 5.