Amsterdam clears 'criminal flats'

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31 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam City Council has evicted tenants from 150 rented homes in the past 18 months because they were allegedly using the flats for criminal activities, it was reported on Tuesday.

31 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam City Council has evicted tenants from 150 rented homes in the past 18 months because they were allegedly using the flats for criminal activities, it was reported on Tuesday.

The evictions were carried out as part of the Doorzon project, Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool said. In all, 100 public-owned flats were cleared and 50 apartments in the private-rent sector.

The paper said that in recent months, nine boarding houses in the city's Indische district and elsewhere were cleared because they were occupied by Bulgarians living illegally in the Netherlands.

Six were corporate housing. The rent contract was cancelled in two cases immediately and court action was taken against three other tenants. The sixth tenant promised to comply with the rules and is under ongoing supervision.

The Doorzon project was initiated last year after police raids showed that these homes were often used to house illegal immigrants. The project team agreed with the city's housing corporations that a rental contract would be terminated immediately if evidence emerged the flat was being used for criminal purposes.

Unacceptable activities include using the flat as a boarding house for illegal immigrants, sub-renting to criminals on the run from police and using a building to hide a cannabis-growing operation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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