By FMZiggy - 29/11/2016 10:14 - Netherlands
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Hey people, just to clear some things up, as is tradition: my girlfriend and I live in an apartment for students, within a house that has been divided into multiple apartments and studios. The municipality has recently decided to check all student housing, and before then it wasn't a problem to have the basement as our bedroom. Seeing as we are renting the place, we can't really make adjustments to it. They have also said that they would come check soon to see if we did as we've been ordered, so moving the bed back downstairs, apart from being a major hassle, is not an option. I don't disagree with them, as the basement does only have one exit, so we'd be screwed if there was a fire at night, but having the bed in the living room really sucks. We're currently looking for another apartment, hopefully we'll find something decent soon. #6 that got a laugh out of me. Or friends did use to call our bedroom the Sex Dungeon.
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As someone who lived in basements for years I find that highly unlikely. I was always under the impression that kind of thing only mattered for purposes of selling/renting laws and foster children. I wonder what situation they are in that people are telling them where to sleep.
Even if you own your home and don't have any of those restrictions, the logic is that since basements usually only have one exit which can be dangerous in a fire if it's blocked by flames. I personally don't understand why it's a big deal. If someone owns the home I think they should be able to live in it as they please and accept the risks as long as it's only a threat to the immediate household.
The government actually can't tell you where to sleep. Not in the Netherlands and not if you own a house. This is very likely a rental place, which has probably had complaints about the safety. If someone rents out an apartment, those apartments are required to be safe (you really wouldn't want to rent a place that isn't, would you). So, if someone complained about it, they inspect the entire building and present the report to the owner. He better be quick to fix the issues, quite hefty fines there. That is, if he doesn't want to lose that source of income.
Bingo, we rent it. A few years ago a student house burned down (no fatalities, but a couple of serious injuries), so the municipality decided to check all student housing to see if they conformed to safety regulations. It's logical in hindsight that sleeping there isn't the smartest thing to do, but it was presented to us as a bedroom when we first rented it three years ago, and the previous occupant had done the same.