Residential Rebellion!



On October 17, 2021, we made a joint fist with a broad coalition. More and more people, young and old, tenants and buyers, are being affected by the housing crisis. It is high time for a radically different housing policy. After half a year full of national and local housing campaigns, the Woonopstand will continue as a national coalition in which all housing campaign groups work closely together. 

Housing for people, not for profit!

Housing insecurity has also increased in the Netherlands in recent decades. Homelessness has doubled and the housing shortage has exploded. Renting has become more flexible and many people are forced to live temporarily, insecurely, or too expensively. Social rental housing is sold, demolished and liberalized on a large scale. Social renting is marginalized, while the private rental sector is expensive and uncertain. Homes for sale are also out of reach for many. Housing costs are rising. Home evictions are on the rise. And the less wealthy are being pushed out of the city, while the middle incomes are also falling between two stools. At the same time, investors and speculators are taking their chances: for them, housing is a commodity, the safest investment worldwide for those who want to make a profit. All this is the result of deliberate political policy. 

Evaluation triangle on excessive and violent police action insufficient

On 2 March, Mayor Aboutaleb sent the Rotterdam City Council a letter about the evaluation of the excessive and violent police action during the Residential Revolt demonstration on 17 October 2021. Unfortunately, we note that the evaluation by the triangle is seriously inadequate and cannot be seen as a proper accountability for police action. We see no basis for the restoration of trust that is necessary for a further discussion and inform the city council that we will not accept the triangle's invitation for a dialogue.

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Residential movement fire letter: Stop the rental explosion

On behalf of many tenants and home seekers who are stuck, the housing action groups urgently appeal to Minister De Jonge (Public Housing and Spatial Planning) not to allow a rent increase on 1 July 2022, and instead to freeze and lower rents and take measures. to regulate all rents, including in the free sector.

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Housing movement on the move: conversation with Aedes

On January 31, 2022, some representatives of the housing movement had a conversation with Aedes, the sector association of housing associations, about affordability, housing security and equal access to housing for tenants and house seekers. Unfortunately, Aedes does not want to comply with our demands. We are preparing for tougher actions. Of course we remain open to the conversation, but the ball is now in Aedes's court.

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Support the national coalition Woonopstand!

The Woonopstand will continue as a national coalition in which various housing action groups from all over the country are affiliated. We will continue to organize and support actions and initiatives, and have therefore decided to return the donation form to our site. Support the national housing movement Woonopstand with a donation and ensure that we can continue to commit ourselves to a radically different housing policy! 

About us

The #WOONOPSTAND is a broad coalition of (residential) struggle movements, action groups and organizations that work together from the bottom up to radically change housing policy.

On March 28, 2020, we jointly organized the national demonstration 'Houses for People, Not for Profit' which was postponed due to the corona pandemic. We called on the cabinet and landlords, among other things, to stop evictions and rent reductions because of the additional negative consequences of homelessness during a pandemic.

On October 17, 2021, the coalition again organized a national demonstration “Residential Rebellion” in Rotterdam and we showed solidarity with various housing demonstrations and tenant campaigns in the Netherlands.

Do you agree with our views and working method? Then let us know! We would like to continue and expand the Residential Revolt coalition and ask if you would also like to participate in it. Because we are stronger together than alone.

We are in housing revolution because:

We call on everyone to show solidarity and fight together for our housing future.

We demand:

read here all our requirements back with extensive explanation!

Signed and supported by

A broad movement of activist groups and organizations from all over the country will protest in various places in the country for a better housing policy in the coming period. Now is the time to demand change: the new cabinet is coming and local politicians are preparing for the municipal elections in March 2022.

The Woonopstand is an initiative of:

And is supported by:

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