Vooruit Zottegem denounces the problems in the housing market and took action on the Market.
“In our city, you pay almost 270,000 euros for an average home, and nowadays you have to cough up almost 60,000 euros from the banks yourself. Without help from home, that is simply impossible for many families. This week we are campaigning throughout Flanders for affordable living for everyone.” Vooruit councilors for Vooruit, Kurt De Loor, Louie Van Rijsselberge and Yana Giovanis.
Vooruit asks for the registration fees on the sole owner-occupied home to be deleted and for notary fees to be reduced.
“In order to keep house prices down, we also want to give priority to first-time buyers with Vooruit. We are also happy to support these requirements locally. The average purchase price for a house in Zottegem is currently no less than 269,886 euros (real estate barometer figures 2021) and then you can usually start doing odd jobs. Who can afford that? By allowing real estate investors in certain sought-after neighborhoods to buy only with the promise of cheap letting, Vooruit also wants to give young starters a chance on the housing market. In addition, it ensures that rental prices fall.”
“Because the rents are also swinging through the roof. If you want to rent a house in Zottegem, you have to provide an average of 687 euros per month (CIB Flanders figures),” says Louie Van Rijsselberge. “In addition, prices continue to rise, but income does not follow. We ask Flanders to temporarily reduce the rental index to a maximum of 2%. Today rents rise to as much as 8%. In neighborhoods with high rents or sharp price increases, there could be a rent brake, so you can combat extortionate prices. In addition, much more must be invested in social housing. When you hear that Flanders has the money, but refuses to invest it in new social housing, and that while the waiting list is historically long, that is shameful. The municipality can certainly make an extra effort towards social housing. Apparently, for example, the social housing project Zwartestraat in Velzeke is not getting along. Zottegem has simply become too expensive for young starters looking for their own home, they are moving to surrounding municipalities and that is a great pity. Having your own roof over your head should not be a luxury. Not in Flanders, but also not in Zottegem. That is why we are taking action today.”