Social housing rents have gone up over 9% in two years

The average rent for a rent-controlled home in the Netherlands has risen over 9% since July 2013, when landlords were allowed to put up their prices by more than the rate of inflation.

This July, average rents rose by 4.4%, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. Tenants earning over €43,000 faced increases of up to 6.5%.

Six out of 10 low-income tenants were given the maximum rent rise of 4%, the CBS said. Private landlords were less likely than housing corporations to increase rents by the maximum amount allowed.

The average increase in rent for homes costing more than €700 a month – which are no longer non-rent controlled – was 2.9%, the CBS said.

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