Tuesday 21 March 2023

Private rental sector grew in 2021, prior to government reforms

Private rental sector grew in 2021, prior to government reforms

The number of homes in the Netherlands rented out by private landlords rose by 28,000 to 1.13 million in 2021, according to a new analysis of the Dutch rental market. The increase came ahead of wide-ranging government plans to reform the rental sector and to boost the supply of affordable property. In total, the number of properties owned by private landlords rose 2.5%, while the number of owner-occupier homes rose 1%. But housing corporations, which are mainly responsible for social... More >

Amsterdam house prices up 130% in 9 years

House prices in and around Haarlem, Zaandam and Amsterdam have risen almost 130% since the end of 2013, national statistics agency CBS said on Tuesday. At the same time, homes in these three regions fell the fastest when the market turned in the final quarter of 2022, the CBS said. House prices were slowest to rise in parts of Zeeland and Limburg, with an increase of 70% over the past nine years. The CBS research, which focuses on regional developments,... More >

WOZ appeal bureaus face crackdown

The government is planning to toughen up the rules covering specialist bureaus which fight official property valuations on behalf of home owners. Last week a number of mayors urged home owners not to bring in private bureaus to protest about high WOZ values because of the costs which councils have to pay if the valuations are found to be wrong. Councils don’t have to pay the process costs, which are upwards of €600, if home owners protest about the valuation... More >

Housing corporations fail to meet targets

Housing corporations built some 25% fewer social housing units than expected last year and in 2021, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Thursday. In 2021, non-profit housing corporations were responsible for some 16,000 new rent-controlled properties and the total is likely to be similar this year, the paper said. This means the pace of new development has to be increased to meet government targets of 900,000 new homes by 2030. The government expects the corporations to build one third of the... More >

Micro apartments popular in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is leading the way in the sale of micro apartments of between 20 and 50 m2, according to research by the Kadaster land registry. Last year, 1,925 small apartments were sold in the capital and cost an average of just over €400,000, the Kadaster said. That is 1.4 times the price in Utrecht and almost double that of other parts of the country. Just over half of the 5,100 small apartments sold last year changed hands in the big... More >

Housing minister aims to take back control

Housing minister Hugo de Jonge has published plans which will require every local authority in the country to make sure 30% of all housing in their area is rent controlled. The proposal is one of a package of measures aimed at giving central government more say in residential property development, in an effort to ensure that 900,000 new homes are built by 2030. ‘For too long we thought that local decisions would automatically provide a solution to the housing shortage... More >