At the beginning of October, 50 anti-squat tenants on Coolsingel 75 in Rotterdam became homeless with immediate effect. Recently there was a small fire in the basement and the municipality has decided that people are no longer allowed to live in the building with immediate effect due to fire safety. In the future, 113 luxury apartments and penthouses developed by Novaform Real Estate Developers BV who called in Camelot.
Camelot arranged a hotel for residents at the weekend, after which their contract was terminated immediately and people were allowed to choose it themselves. Resident Azra states “It is unbelievable that a company can treat people in this way, out of necessity I am now staying with a friend, but I don't know for how long that will be possible. We were given less than half a day to remove all the stuff from our home. I also had to throw all kinds of stuff away. The balance of power between residents and anti-squat agencies is very skewed. Many people are now in a major housing crisis because new housing is difficult to find”.
We sincerely ask ourselves: How often does it have to go wrong with companies like Camelot before the minister and local politicians intervene? Why does the municipality of Rotterdam actually still doing business with this company that cares about rental laws?
The BPW stands behind the affected residents. It supports the residents who are members of the association and the residents who have organized themselves in the following requirements:
– Respect for housing and tenancy rights.
(To be agreed with the residents and their lawyer)
We call on everyone to put pressure on the owner, the municipality of Rotterdam and Camelot to find a social solution. Everyone has the right to good (re)housing! #nobody on the street #housing security
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