Petition 1,007 calls for the law to be reformed capping rents for new lease contracts at 3% of the invested capital. Photo credit: felix_w (CC0)
A petitioner is calling for a ceiling to be placed on rents to stop prices spiraling out of control.
Public petition 1,007 was one of five to be opened for signatures by the Luxembourg parliament on Thursday. The current law related to rental prices for homes dates back to 2006 and ensures that the rent charged over a year should not exceed 5% of the capital invested. “In the meantime, prices have doubled or even tripled,” the petitioner writes. He is calling for the law to be reformed capping rents for new lease contracts at 3% of the invested capital.
Petition 1,001, calls for the period of validity of Luxembourg passports to be extended from 5 to 10 years.
Petition 1,004 calls for all companies employing a minimum of 10 staff to record hours worked “so that the employer is compelled to comply with the legal working hours (40h and not 60h per week). This time is owned by the employee who freely disposes of his overtime for his own private purposes. It is he who decides voluntarily whether he wants to save or not,” the petitioner wrote.
Petition 1,002, calls for an extension of the legal time period (taken into account by national insurance for pensions) in which a parent raises a young child known as “baby years”, from 24 to 48 months, for a child under 4, and up to 72 months for a household with at least two children and if a child has a serious illness or disability. “Currently, this period is capped at 24 months and so in many cases this does not cover the period of interruption of work and does not recognise and value the educational work of the parents in the same way as their professional career and so is not included in the pension calculation,” the petitioner wrote.
Finally, petition 1,003, calls for the conditions of the check services for childcare to be more transparent, particularly for single parents.
Anyone with a Luxembourg social security number who is aged 15 and above may sign a petition in Luxembourg. Petitions which garner more than 4,500 signatures will be debated in parliament.