Social housing sell-off stagnates

Last year, the Netherlands’ social housing corporations sold 5% fewer rent-controlled houses to their sitting tenants, the Volkskrant reports on its website. Tenants often get a hefty discount on the sale price.

By contrast, the number of social houses sold on the open market rose by 8%. The Volkskrant examined the sales at 51 of the country’s biggest housing corporations, which manage 1.1 million homes between them. The government has actively encouraged social housing sell-offs to ease pressure on the housing market and encourage the development of more mixed neighbourhoods.

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