Student - 7 oktober 2019

Illegale bewoning kost Wageningen duizenden euro’s

Wageningen loopt waarschijnlijk duizenden euro’s mis door ‘spookstudenten’, die wel hier wonen, maar zich niet inschrijven bij de gemeente. Gemeenten krijgen een rijksbijdrage voor elke student die zich inschrijft. In Utrecht zou dat 1183 euro per student zijn, meldt nieuwsradio BNR. Gemeente Wageningen wil een campagne starten op social media om het aantal inschrijvingen te verhogen.

Beeld: Joris Schaap Tekst: Coretta Jongeling

Veel studenten nemen niet de moeite zich in te schrijven in hun nieuwe woonplaats, omdat het geen extra geld oplevert. Sinds de basisbeurs werd afgeschaft krijgen in- en uitwonende studenten hetzelfde bedrag. Bovendien blijven studenten die samenwonen op een studentenkamer, of wonen in kamers die illegaal worden onderverhuurd, liever onder de radar. 

Woordvoerder Tjitske Zwerver van Gemeente Wageningen zegt dat dat de bijdrage per student veel minder is dan 1.183 euro. ‘Het is een complexe berekening omdat er veel factoren meespelen. Ik weet niet hoe ze het in Utrecht berekend hebben. Wij gaan uit van ongeveer 250 euro per student.’

Belonen hoeft niet per se geld te zijn, het kan ook een welkomstpakket zijn met kortingsbonnen voor winkels in de binnenstad
Mark Reijerman, raadslid van Connect

Hoeveel spookstudenten er in Wageningen zijn, weet de gemeente niet. ‘Zo’n 730 woningen staan op papier leeg, waaronder veel adressen op de Haarweg en Bornsesteeg. Een groot deel daarvan is waarschijnlijk wel bewoond’, aldus Zwerver. Die adressen worden nu regelmatig gecontroleerd. Studenten die niet ingeschreven staan, kunnen een boete krijgen van maximaal 325 euro.

Studentenpartij Connect opperde vorig jaar om nieuwe studenten te belonen voor inschrijven, in plaats van beboeten. Mark Reijerman, raadslid van Connect: ‘Dat hoeft niet per se geld te zijn, het kan ook een welkomstpakket zijn met kortingsbonnen voor winkels in de binnenstad. Dan zou ook het contact tussen Wageningers en studenten verbeteren.’ De gemeente wil eerst kijken of ze het aantal inschrijvingen kunnen verhogen door informatie te geven tijdens de AID en een campagne op social media te starten. 

 

Re:acties 6

  • Registration is easy

    Registration at the municipality is compulsory for anyone living in Wageningen for more than 4 months. It is very easy. Follow the guidelines (https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/future-students/Register-at-the-municipality.htm). The Town Hall is only 10 minutes cycling from Campus. An appointment is easily made (https://afspraak.wageningen.nl/services#), or free entrance on Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. If you choose not to register because of illegal renting, you may be committing a criminal offence. About one month before departing from the Netherlands, one needs to de-register again at the Town Hall. Both registration and de-registration are free of charge.

    • How to register when we live in the street

      How to register when we live in the street?

      Easy to say. If one has a place where it is allowed to register, he will register. There is simply no place to rent in Wageningen. The university is constantly accepting more students to make more money, while the city is very small and has no accommodation to offer. You can look for months for a basic studio.

      Nobody likes to rent what you call 'illegal renting', but there is no choice. It's illegal renting or living in the street. But the municipality doesn't care about that, because they only care whether they get the money for the registered students.

      'Criminal offence': it's so sad you have nothing else to say to people living at a friend's couch, in a tent or in a car. So human. And all this for the money again. Wageningen, definitively a place to avoid.

    • Registration is easy

      Dear 'How to register when we live in the street', your last sentence sums it all up perfectly. Please, by all means: do avoid to live in Wageningen, if you feel it is all about the municipality caring only for money. Clearly this is not the town you will be happy then. And there is more space then for positive people. People who realize that one cannot demand housing to be available on the spot. For example, did you know many non-students are on the waiting list for housing for more than 5 years - more than study time in Wageningen? By the way, as stated in the article, quite a few students renting legally do not bother to register.
      So stop whining, take action and (temporarily) rent a room in Ede or Renkum, accept that you will have some months living a little bit further away from Campus until Idealis or others have this wonderful room in Wageningen available.

    • who cares about registration

      'Then there is more space for positive people'
      'People who realize that one cannot demand housing to be available on the spot'
      'stop whining'

      I just hope you end up living in the street and see if you would be whining, and someone telling you to leave the city to make space for positive people because you are not happy about it.

      For your information, you can spend several months in a car or at a friend's couch in Wageningen (or around). But you seem not aware of the situation and only thinking in terms of 'rules->money'. What a disconnection against the reality.

  • samy

    The registration is a pain for many students. You cannot find a place to live in Wageningen and even if you find one you should be able to register there, which is not always possible. But always in the netherlands, this is all about money, the rest is not so important.

  • Stevie

    This is outrageous! In the past few years I have put up people in my house and I allowed them to register themselves. Just to help them. However, when they left it became a problem to get them unregistered. The service provided in the town hall by the civil affairs department was very, very poor. My former subtenants actually went to unregister before they left the country but later on it appeared that they had not been successful. They sent so many email messages from abroad - yes in English! - but to no avail. It even caused problems for me, because the health insurance of one of them was continued but bills were not being paid. I contacted the insurance company but was not able to stop the insurance. Eventually a debt mediator even came to our doorstep. Only when I went to the town hall to complain, the people in the town hall reluctantly promised to take action. Still they stated that I had myself to blame because I had allowed people to register on my address. What do they want now?


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