WATCH ALSO. High inflation pushes rent above 800 euros:
The governments met yesterday during an Energy Consultation Committee to discuss how they intend to tackle the energy crisis. One of the proposals is a consultation with the banks to grant people who are experiencing financial difficulties a deferment of payment for their mortgage loan.
There was no concrete proposal for tenants. In the meantime, they are confronted with increasingly higher rents. Anyone who rents in Flanders has to pay an average of 801 euros. That is 3.7 percent more than in 2021, according to the rental barometer of the real estate agency CIB Vlaanderen.
“Today we give energy premiums to landlords, so that they can reduce monthly costs for tenants,” says Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) in ‘De Morgen’ on Radio 1. Jambon confirms that little will change for tenants. “That is the consequence of being a tenant,” he responds. “People who rent out a house have every interest in making use of our energy premium. That way they can accommodate their tenants.”
Jambon’s ruling caused a stir at Flemish Vooruit MP Maxim Veys. “The Flemish government does not forget tenants, it just ignores them,” he reacts displeased on Twitter. “A collective solution also means a solution for everyone. It is yet another proof that housing policy is wrong.”
Here you can find the complete overview of the decisions of the Consultation Committee.