MAASTRICHT. The Japanese Teikyo University is leaving Maastricht; its property on the former Sint Annadal hospital grounds is for sale. More than thirty tenants – including Maastricht University’s Guesthouse, SSH which rents short-stay rooms and a number of medical enterprises – were informed last week by Teikyo about the final date of their property development: the end of January 2015. “We don’t know if another party has taken over the property by now,” says Ivo Brouwers from Maastricht Housing.
According to SSH, the organisation that rents out 154 beds in one of the buildings, sale doesn’t dissolve rent. As far as they are concerned “nothing will change” in legal terms; a new owner will have to honour the tenancy agreements.
The Guesthouse, based on the Brouwersweg, signed a tenancy agreement in February 2001 for a period of twenty years. Immediately after that, the buildings were given a facelift; renovation was long overdue. At the end of the nineteen-nineties foreign students complained – there was even a protest march – about bathrooms, furniture and rent levels. The Guesthouse accommodates 267 rooms (singles, doubles and studios) at the Teikyo complex. There is room for 355 students.
Teikyo University Holland came to Maastricht at the end of the nineteen-eighties, initially as a campus for Japanese students. Despite the lack of enthusiasm among Japanese students and the deteriorating Japanese economy, Teikyo remained in Maastricht. Until now.
Teikyo is not available for comments.