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The previous settlement was 8000 euros.  Now our money is lost."

The previous settlement was 8000 euros. Now our money is lost.”

“What is the point of a single mother in a rented apartment?” This is what energy expert Joannes Lavigne (UGent) said about the actions taken by the advisory panel this week. the morning Talk to three tenants. “Suffering or pushing: that’s the message I get from politics.”

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‘Landlords are also shocked by indexed rent’

Joris Lampen (34), lonely servant

Joris Lambin waits no longer and moves in with his partner.Tyne Shoemaker Statue

“I live in my apartment since 2020, which I began to rent for 780 euros per month. A year later it is 798 euros. Now the owners have announced that according to the government tool, the rent will be 875 euros per month in October. They themselves are also shocked by this. So they made a nod and raised The amount is up to 830 euros per month.

“Obviously this is still a huge difference, even for someone with a fairly good income like me. I work for CPAS. So my runs are usually indexed correctly. But in May I had surgery on my foot. I’m still recovering from that. So I’m I live on sickness benefit, which makes it more difficult.

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“But even with my full salary, it’s going to be tough. On top of the rent, there’s also an increase in energy prices. In November of last year, I just managed to land a flat-rate energy contract. So I already know my progress could double this fall.”

Joris Lampen:

Joris Lampen: “I already know that my progress in energy will soon double.”Tyne Shoemaker Statue

“Currently, it’s not easy to make ends meet. I just buy the bare necessities. I try to keep clothes, books or other entertainment that cost money to a minimum. While I didn’t have to worry about that before. I’ll also turn down the heating in the winter I only took a short shower.

“Did the advisory committee’s actions help me? I feel a little bit that the value-added tax on energy has been reduced from 21 percent to 6 percent. But it is still a drop in the group, while energy prices are more than double. Anyway, this situation ensured that we act My partner and I get together more quickly. In the past, we might have waited another six months or a year. Now we want him and it’s simply the best option financially.”

“Last year he had to rely on savings to be able to pay the energy bill”

Helena* (40) has a partner. Both work

Helena says:

“Last year, our gas and electricity bill was 8,000 euros,” Helena says.Tyne Shoemaker Statue

My daughter was born in February. We hung flags to celebrate. When I sat on the sofa, I noticed that the flags moved when the wind was blowing hard outside. So no, our rental home is not well insulated. We also notice this in our energy bills. Last year, our gas and electric bill was 8000 euros. Then we had to use all our savings to pay that amount. Yesterday we saw what the energy supplier is now proposing as an advance for the next year in the month: 700 euros for electricity and 1800 for gas. So far, this together has been 541 euros.

“Will this fix? No. Zero point zero savings left. In addition, the rent was saved by another 75 euros due to the index. Then there is not much you can do about it. However, my husband and I work 26 hours a week, it is Self-employed more than the normal full-time workweek.Together we should be able to feed and drink four children.

“This week I asked the landlady how we were doing. Then I told her about our advance bills and flags. She was shocked and wanted help. She suggested we buy and install all the insulation and she would pay for it. Sorry, but we don’t have time for that. As the owner, it is only necessary to provide roof insulation and double glazing. This Important.

“When I hear that according to Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA), this is part of the rental time, Then I think: What else can we do? We can’t allocate enough to buy – we’ve already inquired about it. Since we had to use our savings last year, we can’t even go anywhere else to rent. There is simply no money left to pay the deposit.”

*Helena is a pseudonym. Her real name is known to the editors.

“I still pay a hundred euros more than before, while I no longer use almost any gas.”

Natasha Eat (47), Maid and single mother of three

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Natasha eightTyne Shoemaker Statue

Since last year, my energy bill has doubled from €130 to €280. That’s why I’ve been running my heating less since December. I live in a house with terraces, and fortunately, the temperature here does not fall below 16 degrees. Last winter we just wore a thick bathrobe. This winter we will have to do the same. There is still an electric fire in the kids room so if it’s too cold they can still turn it on.

“As a result of these interventions, my bill has decreased again to 230. This is still €100 more than before, while I almost do not use gas anymore. I am still fortunate to live in social housing, which means that the rent is not so bad. Insulation I’m fine here too.But because it’s a social home, I don’t think the owner will invest in solar panels anytime soon.I also don’t qualify for the social rate.You earn much for that.

“I also did a second flex for a while. But in the summer I had to have major surgery. As a result, I can no longer do that second flex at the moment and I have to do what I have. At the moment, I have to spend every month on My savings account.Whatever I get extra from vacation pay or year-end bonus I immediately put aside to live in for the coming months.I try to bike to work and store whenever possible.

I followed the shura committee half an eye, because I no longer had any real confidence in the government. I think it will be every man for himself soon. Suffering or Paying: This is the message I’ve been receiving from politics for a long time. But I definitely don’t feel like a victim, I feel like a fight. By using the resources that I have myself creatively, things will get better.”

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