Student room (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Guillaume Speurt) - Credit: Student room (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Guillaume Speurt)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 18:05
Student housing tenant kicked out after living 30 years in dorm
Student housing organization Duwo has finally managed to kick out a tenant who has been living in a dorm in the student residence Uilenstede in Amstelveen for no less than 30 years. And it only took two appearances in court to do so. Duwo has been struggling to get the man out of the dorm room since 2010, broadcaster NOS reports. In 2006 Duwo implemented the so-called "campus contracts", which states that you have to be a student to live in a student dorm. This man has not been a student for a long time. In 2010 Duwo sent letters to all tenants that do not have a campus contract stating that they either have to prove that they are studying, or leave their room within 6 months. Yet this man managed to stay in his room up until May of this year. After much legal hassle, the court ruled late last year that the man had to get out, but Duwo has to pay him 2 thousand euros to cover his moving costs. Duwo was not happy with this ruling and appealed. Last week the court ruled that the man has to get out, Duwo does not have to pay him anything, but does have to help him look for social housing. According to the man in question, this would be impossible because he earns too much to qualify for social housing. "This was one of the last cases to still have a lawsuit running", Jos Sneek, team leader at Duwo rental, said to the broadcaster. According to him, only a small group of the original tenants refused to leave and got lawsuits involved. "It was then about 200 people in and around Amsterdam, many of whom eventually managed to get a campus contract." Duwo won all the lawsuits. Today all people renting through Duwo have a campus contract and are subject to an annual check to make sure that they are still enrolled at a college or university. Those who have graduated or dropped out, can stay in their dorm for 6 months while they find other housing.