The college is submitting to the council that the possibilities for tourist rental of (second) homes in Bergen aan Zee and the terrace flat in Egmond aan Zee should not be wider than the rest of the municipality. If the council agrees to the proposal, the notification and registration requirement for tourist rentals of homes for up to 63 nights per year will also apply permanently to homeowners in Bergen aan Zee and the terrace flat in Egmond aan Zee. This is in accordance with the amended Bergen 2019 housing ordinance. The proposed decision will be considered by the council in June. With that comes a final decision.

Bergen aan Zee poll and discussions with the VvE’B ij the advice involved Bergen aan Zee residents via a poll. The poll retrieved advantages and disadvantages of two situations, namely the situation in which in Bergen aan Zee the agreements in the housing ordinance apply and the situation in which in Bergen aan Zee housing is allowed to be rented out on a tourist basis throughout the year. The municipality has also consulted it the boards of the owners’ associations (VvEs) of the terrace flats. The Boards of Trustees have been informed of the college’s decision.

“Bergen aan Zee is slowly articulating to Ver Bergen aan Zee” says Alderman Klaas Valkering. “The number of homes where no one lives is growing and the sense of insecurity is increasing with it. To put an end to this, we are committed to more permanent housing in Bergen aan Zee.” The information gathered from the poll was weighed against the general interest of the municipality. Based on the objectives of the amended housing ordinance, namely to prevent the withdrawal of housing from the housing stock and to promote livability, it is unwise to otherwise regulate the tourist rental of housing in Bergen aan Zee or the terrace flat. This would, in fact, be at the expense of a substantial portion of housing that would otherwise become available for permanent occupancy. In addition, many permanent residents of Bergen aan Zee indicated in the poll that they experience nuisance from tourist rental properties there. The college also notes that treating Bergen aan Zee and the terrace flat differently is against the principle of equality. Finally, under the current rules, tourist rental housing is not allowed. With that, a possibility of tourist rental of homes up to 63 nights is already an expansion. The proposal will be discussed at the Zoning Commission on June 1 and is scheduled to go before the City Council on June 17.