IMPORTANT: In Amsterdam it is not possible to apply anymore. In Diemen and Amstelveen application is still possible. You need to apply with the city first and only then fill in the form below. If you have any questions you can contact email@example.com.
Gas and electricity prices have skyrocketed recently. The government has introduced an energy allowance as a compensation, but most municipalities exclude students from this allowance. We think that is illegal. Students are discriminated against without justification. The NOS spoke about this to a number of lawyers who feel the same.
Together with ASVA, we can do something about it: we can bring a case against the municipality on your behalf. Have you applied for an energy allowance and was your application rejected? Then fill in the form below. We can then assist you in filing a case. You can also fill in the form if you have not yet applied for your energy allowance. Then send us your possible rejection later. You can read more about the process in the step-by-step plan below. Please note: this schedule is subject to change. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
So, are you:
- Older than 21 years old (legal age)?
- Meet the other conditions (for example, income and liquid asset limit)?
But, did you get rejected because you are:
- A student?
- Renting a shared living space (no private kitchen), and/or
- Do you have too much money in your bank account while having a student loan?
Request your energy allowance at the municipality! Fill in the form below, so we can help you.
You can still apply for a allowance. This will most likely be rejected, but together we will try to fight it. In some municipalities, you are unable to fill in the form as a student. In that case, fill in the form as a non-student, and fill in that you’re a student in the remarks. If they ask why you think you are entitled to a supplement, fill in that you think it is prohibited discrimination to reject you just because you are a student. If your energy bill actually has risen, make sure to fill that in. Applying for a allowance can be done via the following links: Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Diemen, and Gemeente Amstelveen.
When you completed this step, make sure to apply with ASVA. If you attach a signed authorization form, we can maintain contact with the municipality about your case on your behalf. The application form is at the bottom of this page.
After your application, the municipality will judge whether you will actually receive the allowance. We assume that the municipality will reject the application. Please forward the municipality’s response to us as soon as possible via email@example.com. We will then send you a (model) letter of objection that is in line with your situation.
Please note: The municipality must normally decide on an objection within 8 weeks. However, we would like to propose that the municipality be granted an extension so that we can bring a number of cases to court in the meantime. In this way, not every student has to go to court individually. That saves you, the municipality, and ASVA a lot of time. In that case, we will keep you informed.
Unfortunately, we do not expect the municipality to grant the allowance after the objection. We will then appeal to the court. As indicated above, we hope to do this with only a few students. We write the notice of appeal on your behalf and speak in court on your behalf. It is however useful if you are there to answer personal questions from the judge.
We are hoping to win on the court. However, this is no guarantee. It could also be that the municipality will make an appeal. You will receive more information about this if it happens.
- Because ASVA assists you with the objection and appeal, we request compensation
from the municipality if we win the case. For you, our services are always included in
- Complaining to the municipality is free. An objection to the court
costs court fees. ASVA does not bear those costs. We will inform you further about this
- We want to focus initially on the municipalities of Amsterdam, Diemen, and Amstelveen.
- Do you live in another municipality? Please fill in the form. Unfortunately, it is not certain
whether we can help you in detail. Of course, you can always email us with questions.
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We are now committed to obtaining an energy allowance for students. We are also committed to students who live with shared facilities.
Some other conditions are also unfavorable for students, but we will not deal with them.
If you have any other questions or other problems with your living situation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact email@example.com for the right legal aid. We would like to add a disclaimer: we are students, not a professional law firm.