Camp slum shopper detained for a while: houses in Leopoldsburg and Antwerp unsuitable for habitation (Antwerp)

Camp slum shopper detained for a while: houses in Leopoldsburg and Antwerp unsuitable for habitation (Antwerp)
Camp slum shopper detained for a while: houses in Leopoldsburg and Antwerp unsuitable for habitation (Antwerp)

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Leopoldsburg

A forty-something from Leopoldsburg was brought before the investigating judge on Monday. The man made profits from houses that are unfit for habitation. Three of his houses in Leopoldsburg were immediately declared uninhabitable. A solution is being sought for the residents through the social services.

Mireille Maes/Zahra Boufker

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The slum landlord came into the picture at the Kempenland police last year. He rented out properties in Leopoldsburg and Antwerp that are hardly habitable or not at all. His tenants have one thing in common: they have little money. Yet they still paid a few 100 euros for the poorly maintained buildings; money with which they can rent a more decent house in Leopoldsburg.

Unsafe

On Monday 5 September, the Kempenland local police, together with the Limburg federal judicial police and the Flemish housing inspectorate, carried out searches in seven homes in Leopoldsburg and five in Antwerp. Abuses of various kinds were found in all the premises that were searched. The seven housing units in Leopoldsburg all turned out to be unsuitable for habitation, three were even declared uninhabitable because living there is dangerous. The houses will be evacuated. The five buildings in Antwerp were also unsuitable for habitation.

money laundering

The owner who rented out the housing units was arrested on Monday by the Limburg Public Prosecutor’s Office and brought before the investigating judge. He was released on conditions. The man’s car was impounded. Because his official income is not in line with his lifestyle, an investigation will follow into his movable and immovable assets and into any money laundering practices.

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