Dutch city councils oppose ban on squatting
The housing councillors of the four largest Dutch cities oppose a ban on squatting
1 November 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The housing councillors of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht all oppose a ban on squatting and have said so in a letter to the MPs of the Christian Democrats, the conservative VVD and the Christian Union.
The three parties recently submitted a proposal to ban squatting.
In the letter, the councillors concede that violence by squatters is a growing problem but believe that the current squatting law is sufficient.
They add that the new proposal offers too few chances to take action against owners who leave buildings empty.
They would rather have more powers to tackle property speculation, such as vacant property taxes and fines proportionate to the size of the building.
Radio Netherlands/ Expatica