Since last year, energy costs in the Netherlands rose significantly for many people. Read here what ASVA has been doing, and what you might be able to do.
Court case 20th of June about energy allowance
On the 20th of June ASVA supported some students in their legal case against the city of Amsterdam for energy allowance. We expect the ruling to come in July or August. This will have an effect on all students who applied on time and filed the necessary appeals. Other students will not be able to apply. Other options are explained below.
Individual financial help
Those who are not eligible for energy allowance, or for whom energy allowances did not suffice, might be able to collect other support. A prerequisite is that you can prove that your energy costs have risen. Unfortunately, it is not yet clear if international students can apply for these funds, and what effect that has on their right to remain in the Netherlands. That is mostly due to the fact that for EU-wide social security purposes international students are normally considered to be covered in their country of origin. That changes when students work a considerable amount. In that case they’ll often earn more than the income limit set for these policies. If you are in an especially tight financial situation due to energy costs you can contact energietoeslag@ASVA.nl. We cannot promise anything on this point, but we can see if we can help.
If you pay service costs to your landlord he has to provide you with a yearly settlement of the costs before the 1st of July. It should state how much your landlord spent and how much you need to pay extra or how much they’ll pay you back. The landlord cannot make profit from service costs (except for a bit of administration fees). You are allowed to ask for proof of the costs your landlord made. It is especially important to check the service costs if the bill is (suddenly) high. If you have questions you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.