Together with the LSVb, which has been insisting on tougher measures against a rogue landlords for years, he proposes to give municipalities more powers. A tenant can now only ask his landlord to comply with the rules through the tenancy committee. The most severe sanction that a landlord can encounter is that he has to lower the rent and return the overpaid amount of money. With a next tenant, he can start all over again.
Therefore, the LSVb wants municipalities to have the power to actively intervene. They must be able to check randomly or after a tip from the tenancy committee whether a rogue landlord still charges too much rent and then impose a penalty or fine.
Last month, twelve aldermen of university cities have sent a similar request to Minister Kajsa of Ollongren. And last week, the Woonbond (Housing union) has pleaded for the tackling of rogue landlords via a new municipal ‘rental police’.