pasopWe, tenants, are protesting the Appropriate Living Manifesto that 23 corporations presented to Minister Ollongren on 6 June. The Appropriate Living Plan is: a further flexibilization of tenancy contracts and an impact on housing security, the end of rent protection and a serious infringement of the privacy of tenants.

Your corporation knows what is good for you…

The core of the Suitable Living Plan is that the corporation has access to the level of your income and the size of your household and will determine in how many rooms and at what rent you have to live. The ultimate aim is to force tenants to move and/or to increase rents. This proposal affects all tenants: AOW pensioners, flex workers, people who divorce: no tenant knows how long he can stay in his home. Again, the so-called 'skewed resident' is used as an alibi to justify the breakdown of tenancy law. The lower middle incomes are thus further excluded and smoked out with substantial rent increases. The problems will be relocated: they will have to live much more expensively or go into debt for a much too expensive owner-occupied home.

The overall shortage of housing is not solved by this musical chairs with housing. Low-income tenants who, according to their housing association, live too large can also be forced to move. There is no evidence that this is a solution to the housing shortage. The Appropriate Living Plan is poorly substantiated and full of assumptions and questionable figures.

Your corporation knows what is good for you…

In this way, Dutch public housing is being phased out from a broad public provision to a more flexible safety net for the very lowest incomes. The tenants' organizations of the 23 housing associations have not been consulted, or their objections have simply been ignored. Rent protection as we know it today is the result of a long social struggle, but has been gradually phased out in recent years. The corporation directors, whose incomes are up to six times higher than the social rent limit, think they know what is good for us. Housing associations were once by and for tenants, but have become rental companies. We co-decide on the share capital that is fixed in the corporations! It is about our homes and our housing security. Tenants and home seekers, take back what's ours!

We know what is good for us…

We want housing security, broad accessibility and affordable rent. We are now taking action against the Appropriate Living Plan. A corporation that, as a kind of benefits agency, knows everything about you, more rent increases, more flexibility, more uncertainty for tenants. That is what the Appropriate Living Plan comes down to. Tenants, let your voice be heard. Together with the tenants' organisations, we will use all administrative, political and legal possibilities to stop the plan of the 23 corporations! Take action and let us know you support this.

Read the full plea here Housing is a right, not a favor.

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For more information, please contact Tel. 020-6316682 (Han Wanders) or 06 4768 65 43 (Abel Heijkamp)


The plea is now supported by these organizations
Residents' organization Vreewijk, Tenants' Association Vreewijk, Rotterdam
Tenants Association Patriomonium Vinkhuizen, Groningen
Tenants' association Feijenoord, Rotterdam
the Social Assistance Union
Anita Engbers, chair of the Labor Party Tenants Working Group
Woonspraak, tenant association of SSW in De Bilt (5000 homes)
Henk van Dijk/ Long Stay, No Way, Amsterdam
FNV Local, Amsterdam
BC Noorderlander complex, Amsterdam
East tenants' association, Amsterdam
Westerpark tenants' association, Amsterdam
Tenants' association Oud West, Amsterdam
Tenant interest South, Amsterdam
De Pijp tenants' association, Amsterdam
North tenants platform (HPN), Amsterdam
Bos en Lommer/De Baarsjes tenants' association, Amsterdam
Affordable Living North initiative, Amsterdam
Not for sale, Amsterdam
Tenants' association of Der Pekbuurt, Amsterdam North
Floradorp tenants' association, Amsterdam North
Residents' association Het Breed, Amsterdam North
Tenants' association Banne II Stadgenoot, Amsterdam-North
Residents' committee Noorlandercomplex Amsterdam-North
Residents' committee Kadoelerbraak, Amsterdam-North
Tenants' association Waterlandplein, Amsterdam North
Residents' Committee Vincent van Gogh East (formerly
Residents' Committee Complex 85), Amsterdam
Residents' committee Mesdagstraat, Amsterdam
Henk Oostland, chairman of the board of the MEVM tenants' platform, Drenthe
Residents' committee Markengouw eo Rochdale (Amsterdam North)
Residents' committee Complex 5, Fazantenweg, Kievitstraat, Eendenstraat and Kwartelstraat (Amsterdam North)
Residents' Committee De Tuin (Amsterdam Center)
Residents' committee Roerstraat Amsterdam
Bond Precaire Woonvormen
Tenants' association de Vechtstroom, Weesp
HBV de Klink, Nijmegen
Tenants' association Aalsmeer Kudelstaart (HAK)
Tenants' association Uithoorn & De Kwakel
Tenants Council Albanianae, Alphen aan de Rijn
Cooperating Parents' Organizations Ymere
Huudersvereniging Almere (Ymere)
Haarlemmermeer Tenants Association
The Watch Flame, Haarlem
Tenants Ymere, Amsterdam
Tenants Ymere, Weesp Muiden Muiderberg
Association PEL, Leeuwarden
Residents' association Olympia Amsterdam
Tenants Association West Betuwe (HBWB)
Joska Ottjes, General board member Vereniging de Kasko, Utrecht,
Working Group Equal Treatment Public Housing
Tenant interests Zeewolde
Democratic Academy Groningen
Residents' committee Zomerdijkstraat Amsterdam
Residents' association "The New Residential House" Utrecht
Tenants' association Hoogkerk/Noorddijk
Residents' committee Delftwijkzuid
Tenants' association de Alliantie, Amersfoort region
Tenants Network Mitros, Utrecht
HBO de Peel, Deurne (5000 social rental homes)
Ingrid Tijssen, chairman Tenants Interests Association Bulb Region
Tenants' Association Culemborg
Tenant advocacy organization Geldermalsen Municipality
Residents Council Tiel-Buren
Tenants Council Giesenlanden
Tenants Interest organization Lingesteden
Residents platform Oud-West Amsterdam
Housing association Wladiwostok Amsterdam
Residents' committee Westerkaap2 Amsterdam
Residents Council Laarbeek
Tenants and residents Interest Zederik
Tenants association Baston Wonen Participation Council in Zevenaar
Residents Consultation “On the Cour”
BC the Ice Ship
HV 'Bazuinlaan 3 to 145', Rijswijk

We Want Living space


Support Persons:

AH Schaefer
Roel Griffin,
P. de Roode
A. Lanson
LM Lembeck
Dirkje Visser
Yvonne van Orsouw
Henk Schot
Fieke Vreeburg
Erwin van Bentum
Linde Langendijk
Mrs FAWijnne
Reinhard S. Cohen
T.van Eeden
Johan Lijftogt
Peter Reinewald
Jan Mast
A. Black
Corne Cremers
Jan van Delft
Miriam of Aller
K. van der Molen
Sabine Munzebrock
Johanna Baaij
I. Arvaic
D. Dias
Wj the Emperor
Esther Ros
Annechien Verheij
Aletta Binsbergen
Frits Lodder