The prices for existing homes in the Netherlands continue to rise. In the third quarter, the average price for an existing home was 7.2 percent higher than the same quarter last year. And after half a year of the housing supply seeming to stabilize, the number of homes available for sale saw a significant decrease in the third quarter, according to figures from the Dutch association of realtors NVM, NOS reports.
Artist Rob Scholte wants Prime Minister Mark Rutte to intervene in a conflict between him and the mayor of Den Helder. Scholte has a museum in an empty post office building in Den Helder, but the municipality sold the building and now he has to leave, Het Parool reports.
Housing fraud is on the rise in Amsterdam, according to the Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations. Last year the housing associations found 911 cases of housing fraud in the Dutch capital, NU.nl reports.
Most cases involved illegal subletting, but there were also a few homes in which cannabis plantations or even illegal brothels were found. The people in the 911 involved homes were evicted.
Amsterdam is tightening its control on illegal subletting of social housing. For this reason the enforcement department of the Housing Department now has 30 officers working there, 6 more than previously. The newcomers have formed a team that focuses illegal vacation rentals.
Amidst mounting pressure to resign over the police-led eviction of protesters camped at a university administration building, the University of Amsterdam Executive Board (CvB) said that it "regrets" having to evict the students, a new statement from the CvB reads. The board said the decision was unavoidable, as a judge agreed with the university's position that safety could not be guaranteed if protesters were to move forward with a planned festival last weekend.
Another protest has been planned at the University of Amsterdam on Monday afternoon, the group of lecturers involved in the protest actions of the past two months under the name Rethink UvA announced on their website.
Police in Amsterdam on Saturday began the eviction of a group of protesters who have held a sit-in demonstration at the University of Amsterdam’s Maagdenhuis building for over a month. A judge ordered the protesters to leave by midnight on Friday, but the students, lecturers and researchers camped out at the site refused.
Protestors occupying the University of Amsterdam's Maagdenhuis building on the Spui for roughly a month were ordered to leave by 6 p.m. Wednesday after talks between them and the university's executive board broke down. The board had expected the occupiers, comprising students, researchers and lecturers, to peacefully leave the building Sunday evening after a small festival. Instead, the occupiers demanded the resignation of the board.
Rappange Makelaardij, a major property manager in Amsterdam, wants to fine people who use sites like Airbnb to rent their rented homes to tourists, De Telegraaf reports.
The court of appeal in Amsterdam ruled that the failed asylum seekers currently staying in the Vluchtgarage in Amsterdam, may be evicted at any time, Het Parool reports. The rejected refugees occupied the building in December 2013 because they feel that the shelter offered by the city was not enough.
The last of several squatted buildings in Amsterdam Centrum was cleared by police Wednesday evening following an hours-long standoff between the officers on the ground and the squatters. By early afternoon, at least eight people were arrested, with 11 more suspects processed by nightfall.
Police evicted the occupiers of the Bungehuis on Tuesday morning and early afternoon, reporting a total of 46 arrests. The removal of De Nieuwe Unviersiteit (The New University) protesters from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) building began peacefully, but proved more difficult when students outside the building blocked police trucks from entering the property.
The court in Amsterdam will rule on Friday in the lawsuit that IEF Capital filed against department store V&D. On Tuesday IEF demanded evacuation of four main V&D branches in Amsterdam, The Hague, Maastricht and Utrecht because V&D is not meeting its lease obligations. IEF also owns another 8 V&D buildings.
A 34-year-old man was arrested in the Spijkerstraat in Bussum, Thursday morning, after he intentionally released gas, filling his home and the neighborhood with the vapor.
Last year, there were 6980 evictions from homes, the AD reports. This is a rise of 8 percent in comparison to 2012.