The Netherlands' Modern Day Robin Hood Helping Tenants Fight Greedy Landlords
Rent Buster NL is an organization founded by Shane White, an Irish physicist living in the Netherlands. The organization alerts tenants who are moving into new apartments that their landlords may be overcharging them. White suspects that many landlords ignore regulations in the rental market and charge rents that are above the maximum allowed by the Dutch government. He started to organize a list of rental homes that he suspected to be overpriced and posted his findings on Reddit. He estimates the maximum rental price for these homes using a semi-automated system that flags suspiciously high rental offers. He then sends letters to tenants who might be overpaying, detailing the difference between his estimated rent price and the actual rent charged. His services are entirely free of charge, and he is not planning on asking for commissions.
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