We are convinced that sufficient, adequate and affordable housing is a right for all.
As in any contractual relationship, landlords and tenants naturally also have legal rights and obligations. As a tenant, however, it is almost impossible nowadays to know all the details of the tenancy law in order to be able to protect oneself against unlawful rent increases, abuses in the flat etc. This is why we have founded the Tenant Protection Association Lëtzebuerg/L’Association pour la protection des locataires: We are always ready to assist you as tenants with advice and support when it comes to tenancy law.
The development of the rental situation in Luxembourg is particularly worrying:
- House prices rose by 11% in the 4th quarter of 2019;
- According to the Ministry of Housing, there is a housing deficit in the order of 30,000 units;
- The price per m2 in parts of the capital exceeds 10,000 euros;
- The at-risk-of-poverty rate increases by 10 points after taking housing costs into account;
- Housing costs in Luxembourg now account for up to 50% of the reference budget calculated by STATEC.
Housing in Luxembourg is becoming less and less affordable. As a result, 30% of 25-34 year olds currently still live with their parents (compared to only 20% in 2005) and household debt, which consists mainly of housing loans, increased from 40% to 66% of GDP between 2000 and 2017.
A Eurobarometer survey published in December 2019 shows that in the European Union “only” 12% of people in the EU name housing as their main national problem – although this figure is 71% in Luxembourg.
Reason enough to finally take action and improve the situation of tenants in Luxembourg!
Our main objective is to provide tenants in Luxembourg with a common platform and to act as a lobby to protect and promote the rights of tenants.
This includes among others:
- Raising awareness and inform tenants about their rights under the legislation and procedures for obtaining rent subsidies;
- encouraging public authorities, including local authorities and the Ministry of Housing, to systematically and regularly inform tenants about the existence of the Housing Rent Act and the procedure to be followed for its implementation;
- proposing improvements to the current legal provisions and encourage Luxembourg to meet and implement its obligations under international law;
- collecting and knowing best practices in relation to legislation, rights and measures relating to tenancy and the protection of tenants abroad.