The number of new rental properties added to Dutch housing stock fell 9% last year, when compared with 2020, as the mounting cost of workers and material lead developers to delay projects, ABN Amro said in a new analysis of the housing market.
While most new rental homes were realised in Amsterdam, the total in the capital was just 2,965, while in Utrecht, only 676 new rental properties came on the market. In the Netherlands as a whole, nearly 23,000 new properties were put up for rent.
ABN Amro analyst Casper Wolf says there is a link between the situation in the big cities and smaller ones, where the amount of new housing is increasing more rapidly.
‘Rijswijk, Zoeterwoude and Dordrecht all show considerable increases in the amount of new rental property,’ he said. ‘Nieuwegein has become the alternative for people who cannot afford Utrecht.’
Developers, who have been faced with delays and cancelled projects because of efforts to reduce nitrogen-based pollution, are now counting other costs, Wolf said. It has become more difficult and expensive to find skilled workers, building material has become more expensive and land prices are also going up.
‘The price of land rose to a record €530 per square metre in the first months of 2022,’ Wolf said. ‘That is up 9.5% on a year ago.’
The government has pledged to increase the number of properties for rent outside the social housing sector, particularly mid-market rentals of up to €1,000 per month. Currently, 57% of the Dutch housing stock is owner occupied, 33% is rent controlled and just 9% is available for higher earners who wish to rent.
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