Wallonia lifts ban on indexing rents for the most energy-intensive housing
Lessors of energy-inefficient housing in Wallonia and Flanders will be able to index their rents from autumn 2023.
For almost a year, landlords of low-energy-performance homes have been unable to index their rents - or only to a limited extent. As of November 1 in Wallonia and October 1 in Flanders, this indexation freeze comes to an end, as these two Regions have decided to lift this temporary measure.
The Brussels Region, meanwhile, has not ruled out extending the indexation freeze. "This system will apply from October 14, 2022 to October 13, 2023. Brussels Secretary of State for Housing Nawal Ben Hamou (PS) intends to discuss this issue and its possible extension again with her colleagues in the Brussels government during September", explains her spokesperson.
In fact, the indexation ban was intended to protect tenants from high energy prices, which had literally rocketed last summer, with a greater impact on occupants of low-energy score dwellings.
As of October 2022, in Wallonia, only rents for homes with a PEB A, B or C can be fully indexed. Indexation is limited to 75% for PEB D and 50% for PEB E. Above this level (PEB F and G), indexation is prohibited. In the Brussels Region, only rents for units with a PEB A, B, C or D may be indexed. Indexation is limited to 50% for PEB E and prohibited for PEB F and G.
Special calculation method
"This measure has prompted some owner-landlords to renovate their homes," analyzes Christophe Collignon.
SNPC opposes any extension
The Syndicat national des propriétaires et des copropriétaires (SNPC) and its Dutch-speaking counterpart Verenigde Eigenaars (VE) are opposed to any extension of the indexation freeze, arguing that "inflation has fallen sharply and there is therefore no justification for a renewal". They also point out that they have lodged appeals with the Constitutional Court against these measures, whose rulings could be expected by the end of 2023, or even early 2024.
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