Your rent arrears plastered all over the front of your building!

A landlord from Zonnebeke has taken an unusual step to get his hands on monies owed in rent.  He has affixed boards displaying in big figures the amount tenants still owe in rent to the front of their building!

The Flemish Tenants’ Platform, an organisation that defends tenants interests, isn’t impressed by the move.   The Platform says that the landlord isn’t allowed to change the aspect of his lets without the permission of tenants and recommends that such disputes are settled though the involvement of a justice of the peace.  The landlord says he saw no other alternative: “They don’t open the door when I ring the bell, don’t pick up the phone and my registered mail is returned.  A process involving a justice of the peace takes too long, especially when tenants don’t turn up.”