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Housing corporations to cut back on maintenance, increase rents

Monday 31 December 2012

Housing corporations are planning to cut back on renovations and home improvements over the next few years but rents will still go up, Nos television reports.

The broadcaster questioned 150 housing corporations about their plans and found some 20,000 houses will not be renovated and the installation of extra insulation and double-glazing is also being cut back.

Corporations blame the cuts on the government’s decision to levy an extra €2bn a year on their combined income.

New homes

In addition, almost half the corporations will stop building new homes from 2014. Plans for at least 16,000 homes have been scrapped.

Corporations also plan to spend less on buildings for public use, such as schools, nursing homes and childcare centres.

Some three-quarters of housing corporations told Nos they planned to increase rents to their maximum level - 4.5% of the value of the property.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Tax the poor, not the rich. Why have the people got to pay for the banks failures.

By Highlander | 31 December 2012 1:04 PM

'So we are to understand that:
People on low incomes renting through their local councils will pay more for less. 'No help with insulation and double glazing, so their heating costs will increase again soon.

'That people living in small rooms & sharing amenities will be waiting even longer to get their own place in order to pay a fair rent.

So at the end of the day, an even bleaker outlook for 2013, just to satisfy the banksters (EU)& corporate? Gee, thanks a million, bravo! :P

By The visitor | 31 December 2012 4:12 PM

what a shame - especially considering all the news about the directors of many of these housing corps stuffing their pockets with money; money that should have gone to the maintenence of these properties.

By Z | 31 December 2012 6:31 PM

All the social housing in my neighbourhood just had a massive maintenance job done on them? They all look brand spanking new, just as they did in 1970. I hope they bang up the rents. Most of the people living in them around me are too rich - multiple car families, expensive dogs etc. Free up social housing for the really needy, but the private sector rents are too high, there needs to be another level of renting possibilities.

By Anne Onymous | 1 January 2013 2:14 AM

I love socialism. It brings out the best whining on the planet.

By Jan Ciaston | 1 January 2013 9:44 PM

Anne - that's a whole lot of negative judgement cast on people that I do not think you know personally, or even much about them at all. Just because someone has a nice dog, doesn't mean that they do not make great sacrifices to have something they can actually care about it and be proud to own, like that dog or that car. And how exactly do you know that 'most' people living there earn too much? Do you have access to their bank accounts? Apart from all the unnecessary judgements in most of your comment, I do however agree that there needs to be another level of renting possibilities. Too bad the judgements took away from that good point.

By Z | 2 January 2013 8:31 AM

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