Property brokers see need for housing minister to ease shortage of homes


The incoming cabinet should have a minister for housing to ease the way through the growing housing shortage, the Dutch property brokers association NVM will tell parliament on Wednesday.

The NVM claims not enough new homes have been built over the past seven years and there is now a shortage of at least 200,000 homes in the Netherlands as a whole, the organisation told the Telegraaf

The brokers group said newcomers to the market suffered the most: the owner-occupier market in places like Amsterdam has been operating at capacity for years as has the rental sector. The result is that newcomers are stuck with housing that is too small or too expensive, and often both.

Parliament will discuss the housing shortage with brokers, developers and housing experts on Wednesday.