Social housing no longer for life

The new Flemish Government is to end the system that provides lifelong rental contracts for those living in social housing regardless of whether their financial situation has changed. Currently those granted a house or flat in a social housing scheme are allowed to remain there for the rest of their days regardless of whether their financial situation has changed.

The new Flemish Housing Minister Liesbeth Homans (nationalist) told the dailies 'Het Laatste Nieuws' and 'De Morgen' that "The state should act offer a launching board and not act as a hammock."

Rules providing for tenants of social housing to be asked to move if their financial circumstances improve significantly already exist in Brussels and Wallonia.

However, this is currently not the case in Flanders. The well-publicised case of the family of Everton's Romelu Lukaku that were still living in social housing despite their son earning thousands of euro a week playing for his then club Sporting Anderlecht is a good example of this.