New law gives orphans right to stay in the parental rental home


A clear majority of MPs back plans to stop the eviction of adult children whose parents die when they are still living with them.

MPs are due to debate the measure, drafted by a cross section of parties, on Thursday but majority support is assured, broadcaster NOS reported on Tuesday.

The new law would require housing corporations, but not private landlords, to let children continue to live in the parental home to the age of 28. They will also have to provide a suitable alternative for them once they reach that age.

There have been several high profile cases recently of youngsters facing eviction after the death of a parent because their names were not included on the lease.

In one case, 21-year-old Sammy Jo was evicted after the death of her father from lung cancer. Under current law, family members have up to six months after the death of the official tenant to agree a transfer of the lease with the landlord or face eviction.

In Sammy-Jo’s case, De Alliantie said it was acting in line with the law. “We are not evicting anyone because legally speaking it is not her house. She’s not on the tenancy agreement,” a spokesman said at the time.

VVD MP Daniel Koerhuis, who helped draw up the draft legislation, said he had been inspired by Sammy-Jo’s case to campaign for a change in the law.

Sammy-Jo lived in temporary accommodation for two years before finding a new permanent home in Muiden.

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