Eviction notices leave Utrecht students scrambling

7th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Students were left 'on the street' Friday night after their building was condemned due to dangerous fire conditions.

Utrecht -- About 100 students were evicted from their homes near Utrecht over the weekend after their building was declared a fire hazard, reports ANP and nu.nl.

Utrecht mayor Aleid Wolfsen ordered all tenants to vacate the former KPN office building after the landlord refused to act on fire department warnings. The building had served as a student house since 2007.

Students formerly living on Koningin Wilhelminalaan spent Friday night with family, friends, or in a hotel at the expense of their lordlord.

Fire department officials determined the building unsafe after an inspection found emergency exits blocked, fire-resistant walls missing and dangerous cooking conditions.

The fire department notified the landlord, a private individual who also lived in the building, Thursday that the building must meet fire safety regulations or it would be evacuated.

A city spokeswoman could not say Saturday how students were coping with the situation.

Gerard Oosterwijk, chairman of the national student union, said the city must now help the students find alternative housing.

“These students must go back to their parents or have absolutely no place to live,” he told de Telegraaf.  “School has already begun, and it is very difficult to find another room.”

It is not known if the municipality will take action against the landlord.

The building is owned by the Stichting Gereformeerde Bouwcorporatie voor Bejaarden


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