The Gemeente Maastricht has recently conducted a study on student housing in Maastricht and understood that the housing market for student accommodation is in dire need of reform and regulation. There are increasing concerns in regards to quality, price and location, as well as security and safety of many typical student accommodations. As a reaction to these findings, the Gemeente has partnered up with different organizations to improve the living situations of students.
These organizations are namely the Stichting Studentenhuisvesting Maastricht (SSHM) & the Vereniging Verhuurders Woonruimtes Maastricht (VVWM), which have collaborated with the firedepartment, the Maastricht Student Council, and the Gemeente to introduce the so called “Prettig Wonen Keurmerk”. This certification given out by the keurmerk foundation to student housing which is in accordance with a set of requirements, for example safety related (are there smoke detectors and fire extinguishers & is it burglary-proof?) or related to rental price, as well as the landlord’s behavior and willingness to fulfill his obligations. Check out the website (only in dutch) or this short informative video for more information!
The keurmerk ensures that the room/housing lives up to a variety of standards, which benefits the students, the landlords, neighbors, Gemeente and even the University. By establishing 6 cornerstones it aims at regulating and improving the housing market, so that parents can send their children to Maastricht and be ensured about the child’s safety. See the attached power point presentation for more detailed answers and explanations on the organization and processes, as well as a picture of the actual certification mark.
When you are looking for a room and you find one with the certification mark, you can be sure that you are living in a safe environment which is properly taken care of and which has a caring landlord/agency in case you have a problem and need help!