Stichting Flat Overleg presented student accommodation office SSHW this week with a petition of 1,832 signatures against the rent rises planned for nearly four thousand SSHW rooms. The SSHW wants to use the extra income to build new accommodation.
University rector Professor Bert Speelman was also presented with the petition, and said it was ‘totally crazy’ that current tenants should be financing SSHW’s construction plans. “I find it very weak that SSHW intends to make its investments through the current student tenants.” According to Speelman, SSHW should have made better depreciation calculations. When asked whether the university was prepared to give SSHW money to reduce the rent rise, Speelman kept it short: “No way.” According to the rector, the university was not informed about the rent rise. “The SSHW has been very lax in its communication.”
According to Duyx, however, SSHW did inform the university of its plans. SSHW has no alternative but to raise rents, because there are no government subsidies for new construction. SSHW already invests more of its own money than is allowed by the central fund, the national financial supervisory body for housing corporations.
Guido van Hofwegen