BoKS deals with cases that go beyond the interests of a specific complex. Below you can read what BoKS can do for you as a Local tenant’s committee.
When do you contact BoKS?
Quite simple: you can raise any problem where you think that other complexes also deal with. Together we stand stronger. You can also contact us if you feel that your Local tenant’s committee is not treated as it should by the SSH. In practice it also appears to be effective to cooperate with similar complexes. Via the Facebook group Residential councils SSH you can exchange experiences with other Local tenant’s committees and ask each other questions (NB: this is a closed group, you can become a member by being added by an existing member).
What does BoKS do for Local tenant’s committees?
For all tenants, BoKS negotiates with the SSH about, for example, rents, long-term policy, new construction, the placement of special target groups of tenants and participation in certain decisions. We also represent the SSH tenants and housing authorities in consultation at city level, via Huurders030. We also have separate regular consultations with other parties involved in student housing in the city. Specifically for housing boards, BoKS talks with the SSH, for example, about the distribution of participation funds and about the rights and obligations of housing boards with regard to the SSH. For all agreements, see the recently renewed Collaboration Agreement. Membership of BoKS is free for all accredited housing boards of the SSH.
What rights and obligations are there for Local tenant’s committees?
There can always be only one accredited local tenant’s committees at each complex. That local tenant’s committee then has a number of rights (and a few obligations). To be able to claim this, it must be plausible that the Local tenant’s committee represents the majority of the residents.
The formal rights are set out in the Cooperation Agreement. This determines how BoKS, Local tenant’s committees and the SSH deal with each other, and about which matters the Local tenant’s committee has the right to advise and approve. Incidentally, in practice, with the consent of both parties, there is a much smoother way of dealing with each other: the SSH is prepared to let residents discuss more than is strictly necessary.
As a Local tenant’s committee you are entitled to money from the SSH to enable participation, so-called participation money. The Cooperation Agreement determines the distribution of the money. You may not use this money for things that are not related to your work as a Local tenant’s committee. In addition, there are certain guidelines on how the money can be spent, please consult the Cooperation Agreement. As a Local tenant’s committee you are always free to collect additional resources, for example by submitting a subsidy application to the municipality and / or requesting an amount from your residents. As a Local tenant’s committee you also have the right to participate in discussions and vote at the BoKS members’ meetings where decisions are made about complex matters. There are not many formal duties. Residents must have a say at fixed times in what the housing management does, and you must inform them about this. You must also keep proper accounts of the money you receive so that the SSH can see what it has been spent on (including receipts). The Cooperation Agreement once again provides more information on this.
There are not many formal duties. Residents must have a say at fixed times in what the Local tenant’s committee does, and you must inform them about this. You must also keep proper accounts of the money you receive so that the SSH can see what it has been spent on (including receipts). The Cooperation Agreement once again provides more information on this.
How do we keep in touch?
As a local tenant’s committee you will receive information from BoKS in the following ways:
Via your contact person at BoKS (e-mail, a telephone or personal conversation);
Our electronic newsletter, which is published several times a year;
At the General Members’ Meeting (ALV);
The Woonbestuursevening (six-monthly theme meeting, in the spring and autumn)
The Facebook group Woonbesturen SSH
It is of course also important that we receive information from the Local tenant’s committees! In any case, BoKS reads all reports of the periodic meetings of each Local tenant’s committee with SSH. In addition, it is important to keep us informed of what is going on, via an email or at the members’ meetings. Major decisions are taken at the members’ meetings. It is therefore important that every Local tenant’s committee is present. Invitation and documents are always sent a few weeks in advance.
What joint events are planned for us as a Local tenant’s committee?