Tenants in prefab student homes still in state of uncertainty

Tenants in prefab student homes still in state of uncertainty

The Council of State is currently looking into the conflict between the city council and Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht.

02-06-2021

MAASTRICHT. There is still no clarity for the tenants of the prefab student homes on the Salernolaan in Randwyck regarding the status of their accommodation and whether the right to rent subsidy will continue to apply. The Council of State is currently looking into the conflict between the city council and Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht. Any consequences will not be clear until the Council has reached a decision.

There has been legal haggling for months between the city council and Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht BV, the company behind the 252 prefab student living quarters in Randwyck that were put in place last summer. Are they actually even allowed to be let as individual living spaces, or does the zoning plan for the location only allow the letting of rooms? In the latest lawsuit at the Limburg court of law in April, the city council was put in the right. In a previous case (about separate hotplates and cooker hoods in the homes), the judge deemed Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht to be in the right.

The situation continues to be uncertain for the tenants. About eighty to a hundred rooms are already occupied, said Maurice Evers, head of Student Housing at the UM, to the University Council in April. They are now renting accommodation for 427 euro (excluding more than 200 euro for service charges, upholstery and furnishing charges as well as a maintenance subscription). Now this concerns independent living, so the students can, if they have insufficient income, apply to the tax office for rent subsidy.

Huurteam Zuid-Limburg, allied to Maastricht University, is aiding the inhabitants, but is waiting for the ruling by the Council of State. Peter Broekmans, director of Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht, stated in a letter to the Maastricht city council members in April that “the 252 rooms were built in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations”.