Rent increase for high earners on back burner

Government plans to allow landlords to increase the rent paid by high earners who live in social housing will not now be introduced on July 1, home affairs minister Liesbeth Spies told parliament on Thursday.

The delay has been forced by a court decision last week, which said the tax office can no longer supply salary information details to landlords because the extra rent hike is not yet enshrined in law.
The cabinet wants to allow landlords to increase the rent of high earners in social housing by an extra 5%. To do this, landlords have been asking the tax office if tenants earn more or less than €43,000 a year.
The government had said the tax office could provide this information even though the legislation has not yet been passed.
Although the lower house of parliament has voted in favour, the law has not yet been discussed in the senate. It is unclear when the legislation will now come into effect.

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