New rent rules cut availability of cheap housing

New rules for social housing rents have made it virtually impossible to find cheap homes in places like Amsterdam and Utrecht, according to tenants’ rights organisations.

Since October landlords have been allowed to increase the price of rent-controlled properties in areas with a housing shortage by up to an extra €120 a month for new tenants.
Since then, there has been a sharp drop in housing costing €300-€500 a month and an increase in properties with a rent of between €600 and €700. Low income families who have moved home since the changes are now paying 42% of their net income on housing, the organisations say.
The report is based on 750 complaints made by tenants to housing groups and political parties. Most complaints were made by people looking for a new home, who say the new rules have made it impossible for them to move.

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