Rent

You're not the only one wanting to keep rents low!

We get it – the rent is hardly your favourite part of the deal. Of course we do our best to keep rents as low as possible. But what is it you are actually paying for? We are happy to explain.

1. Basic rent/ net rent

You pay the basic rent or net rent for use of your room or studio as well as the communal areas – so literally the part of the building you're occupying. 

How do we work out the basic rent you pay?

The rent amount depends on a number of matters, including:

 

  • The location;
  • The size of your room or studio;
  • The shared facilities and space.

We keep your rent as low as possible. But we also find it important that you do not live in a dump. You probably agree. We always look for a balance between low rent and good maintenance.

Annual rent increase

Every year we are allowed to increase the basic rent, so that we can continue to pay for maintenance, for example. The government determines the maximum rent increase, also taking into account inflation. We keep the rent increase as low as possible every year. You can read more about it below.

What is inflation?
Inflation is an increase in prices. The consequence of inflation is that you can buy less for the same amount of money. A basket of groceries at the supermarket is then more expensive, your money worth less. The inflation percentage is 2.7%.

Do I live in social housing?
The Housing Act states that all housing corporations must divide their residences into two types:
• social ownership. These homes have a maximum rental price of €763.47 (price level 2022) upon allocation.
• private sector ownership. These homes have a rental price of more than
€ 763.47 (price level 2022) upon allocation. This also applies to other properties such as business premises, garages and parking spaces.

Whether a house falls under social ownership is, therefore, determined by the rent. We may ask for a higher rent increase for private sector housing and other properties than for social housing.

Why are we increasing the rent of social housing by 2.3%?
Last year, the government decided not to increase rents for social homes. This year, we are allowed to increase rents on 1 July 2022. We are permitted by the government to increase the rent by 2.3%.

We know that everything is becoming more expensive (groceries, energy prices, etc.), but we have decided to increase the rents. We cannot avoid these rising prices either; the cost of materials to maintain our homes is rising too, for example. On top of that, there is a shortage of homes in this region. That means we need to build a lot of extra houses, and we need money to do so. We also need to make sure our homes become more sustainable over the next few years. In other words, your rent will be spent on building new homes, maintenance and improving the sustainability of our homes.

Homes where the rent exceeds €763.47 (price level 2022) because of the rent increase will remain social housing. They will also receive a rent increase of 2.3%.

Why are we not increasing the rent of some homes?
• Homes with a rent above the target rent will not pay a rent increase. We think this rent is high enough.
• Homes that are not yet sufficiently sustainable are not subject to a rent increase.

Why do storage rooms and parking spaces have a rent increase of 3.3% and not 2.3%?
Our primary responsibility is to rent social housing, not garages, storage rooms or parking spaces. That is why, for a separate parking space, storage room or garage, we choose to increase the rent by more than the rent for social housing. So, with 3.3%.

A storage room or parking space that is rented out in the same contract as a home will receive the same rent increase as the home. For social housing, 2.3%. For private sector housing, the increase will be 3.3%. We call this 'property-based'.

Am I entitled to a housing benefit?
You can apply for a rent subsidy if your rent does not exceed €763.47 (if you are older than 23 years, price level 2022). Are you between 18 and 23 years old? Then your rent may not exceed €442.46 (price level 2022)You can find more information on www.toeslagen.nl.

I can no longer pay my rent. What should I do?
You may find yourself struggling financially due to the high energy prices, for example. If you are unable to pay your rent, please contact us as soon as possible so we can assess your situation together and explore the possible solutions. A payment plan might be an option, for example. Please make sure you don't wait too long: the sooner we know, the sooner we can help you. Read this page for mor information or make an appointment to speak to us in person at our Woonwinkel via +31 40 297 93 80.

I want to object to the rent increase. How do I do this?
To do so, simply send an e-mail to info@vestide.nl, or send a letter to Vestide, Postbus 280, 5600 AG, Eindhoven. Your letter or e-mail should include the reasons why you object to your rent increase. Your objection must be received by 30 June 2022 at the latest.

'Property defects' are not a valid reason for submitting an objection to the Rent Tribunal. It is pointless to object to the rent increase for this reason. The website of the Government specifies the cases in which you can object to a rent increase.

You can only object to the rent increase of a private sector home, garage, storage room or parking space if the rent increase is higher than the percentage set by the government. Because we abide by that percentage, you cannot object to it.

2. Service charges and rental price

In addition to the base rent, you pay service charges to cover the costs of services such as window washing, Internet connection and, in some cases, utilities.

You pay an advance every month. We calculate the costs actually incurred per calendar year and notify you before 1 July each year. If your advance payment was lower than the incurred costs, you will have to pay the difference. If you overpaid, you will be refunded the difference.

We will also calculate your advance payment for the next year's service charges accordingly.

More info: All about service charges

All-inclusive rent amount for furnished spaces

For a subset of our living accommodation – the furnished rooms and studios – we charge all-inclusive rents.

'All-inclusive' – the term says it all, really – means everything is already included in this amount: the accommodation itself, maintenance, gas, water and electricity bills, internet and TV access, the furniture and household goods. You will not receive a final statement for service costs.

  1. In some cases, you will have to pay separately to make use of the washing machine.
  2. Those with tenancy agreements for an indefinite period do receive a final statement for service costs.