Squatters welcome in A'dam offices

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30 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam alderman Maarten van Poelgeest (Spatial Planing) does not mind if squatters seek refuge in vacant office buildings in the capital. He says this in the VPRO television programme Jansen & Janssen which is due to air Thursday evening. Van Poelgeest expresses his frustration at the high degree of vacancy of offices in Amsterdam. Almost a million square metres of office space is standing empty.

30 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam alderman Maarten van Poelgeest (Spatial Planing) does not mind if squatters seek refuge in vacant office buildings in the capital. He says this in the VPRO television programme Jansen & Janssen which is due to air Thursday evening.
 
Van Poelgeest expresses his frustration at the high degree of vacancy of offices in Amsterdam. Almost a million square metres of office space is standing empty.

"You can make the owner pay extra for leaving the buildings empty," the alderman says on Jansen & Janssen. "But it is much more effective if squatters just settle in those sorts of buildings. I think an investor finds that much more annoying than a vacancy tax that he might have to pay."

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