Landlord & Illegal Clause in Lease Contract

The tenants’ association is reviewing the ruling from the Amsterdam District Court dated August 3, 2023. The court ruled that a rent increase clause (*) set by landlord Bouwinvest must be wholly disregarded. It was found to be unfair under the European Directive on unfair contract terms.

As a result, the historical rent increases – regardless of the percentage applied – have become unlawful. And if the article is not amended, future rent increases also seem to become illegal. This issue has very much our attention.

(*) An additional 5% (or 2.5%) rent increase as stipulated in the lease contract.