Due to the severe shortage of student rooms, international students are victims of fraud and abuse. This is apparent from the annual ‘Housing hotline’ report of the National Student Union (LSVb). LSVb chairperson Ama Boahene: “Many international students are desperately looking for a room in the summer. They are under a lot of pressure to find a room and don’t always have the ability to verify an ad. Scammers and bad landlords take advantage of that.” This is reported by the LSVb.
International students often look for a room from abroad, so they do not always have the opportunity to view a room in real life. Moreover, international students do not always know on which websites they can find a reliable landlord. Boahene: “We have received reports from students who have paid money for an online viewing. After payment, the room turned out not to exist.”
The report also shows that landlords abuse the vulnerable position of international students. For example, there are landlords who refuse to carry out repairs, charge excessive rent or threaten to evict. Boahene: “International students often have no alternative. They have to accept the appalling conditions or risk becoming homeless. Unlike Dutch students, they do not have the opportunity to live with family.”
According to the LSVb, targeted investments in student housing are needed. Boahene: “The room shortages among students have been increasing for years, but there is still no real action. The national government must now finally take responsibility and invest in affordable student housing.”
By: National Education Guide
International students victims of abuse and fraud due to housing shortage
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