|Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):|
basically you're telling landlords how much they are able to charge for properties? Did I get that right?
You did indeed. Actually, landlords are already
restricted in the rent they can charge. The only difference would be that they rents can now go up for tennants with higher incomes.
In the Netherlands the rent price is determined based upon a grading system. Each house is given a number of points determined by the city council / borough. Using standardised tables points are awarded based on size, number of bathrooms, proximity to amenities, availability of parking, type of building, local housing scarcity and so on. Only when a house has over 143 points is it exempt from the rules. A house with 143 points or less gets a maximum rent assigned.
If a tennant or landlord does not agre with the grading he/she can ask for a reappraisal.
The reason for this policy is that there is a massive shortage of low and medium budget houses. To make sure starters are able to enter the housing market the prices had to be fixed to some degree. A negative side effect of this rule has been that fewer "cheap" houses are build since they are less profitable.
|Quoting Aesma (Reply 6):|
Whether you're from the left or the right, why should there be a tax loophole on real estate ?
This tax rebate has been assigned for the same reason as the mandatory rent system. The government wanted more people to move up on the property ladder. The idea being that people would move out of their social housing ("the projects" to use a US term) and free up the social houses for starters.
As for the health policy, I am not sure it is really voter deception. It might as well be more a case of stupidity on Rutte's (VVD) part. In the rush to get a new government outline he and his team might have made a simple mistake with the calcualations. It would not be the first time that a multi-billion calculus error was made. For instance the European Support Mechanism that was set up for Greece ended up costing us 50 billion instead of the 25 billion that Rutte anounced, because he made a little (!) mistake.
Anyway, the stink this proposal has raised nationwide will guarantee that the proposal will never be implemented in its current form. Senator Wiegel will see to that. It could be the "Nacht van Wiegel" all over again, when he voted against a proposal leading to the collapse of the second Kok administration in 1999 (PvdA, VVD, D66).
|Quoting Ferminios (Reply 5):|
Another annoyance for me is the fact that Diederik Samson is not going to take a position in the new Cabinet.
I find this to be just as much a voter deception. Samson (PvdA) is the front runner of his party. His party goes into government with just one seat difference from the VVD, the largest party. In my opionion he should join as VP
or at least join as minister on one of the more important ministries. Now he is just cowering away from responsibilities.