Friday 18 October 2019

Home owner fined for not living there

Amstelveen town council has successfully fined the owner of an apartment who broke regulations requiring her to live in the property herself, the Telegraaf said on Wednesday. The ruling may have a major impact on other home buyers because it sets a precedent for allowing fines, the paper said. Amstelveen has a policy of requiring people who buy some new property to live in the house or apartment themselves for at least 18 months and the clause is included in... More >

Official property values hit new high

Official property values in the Netherlands – which are used to calculate local taxes for home owners – have risen for the fourth year in a row, national statistics office CBS said on Friday. The average WOZ property value in the Netherlands on January 1 was €248,000, the CBS said, a rise of nearly 8% on the previous year and the highest ever level. WOZ values lag behind actual property prices because they are based on the sales price of... More >

Nearly three million people live alone

More people in the Netherlands are living alone and there are now almost three million single person households, according to new figures from Dutch statistics agency CBS By 2018, 17.4% of the country’s population lived alone, up from 15.7% in 2008 and  continuing a trend which developed in the 1970s. The elderly are the most likely to live by themselves, though that figure has decreased since 2008. A decade ago, 37% of people over 70 lived alone and that number... More >

Nitrogen chaos may hit 18,000 projects

Up to 18,000 construction projects may be affected by a recent Council of State ruling on nitrogen emissions, the NRC said on Friday. Unpublished agriculture ministry documents indicate that not only big infrastructure projects, but local issues such as expanding pig farms, are being hit by the nitrogen problems, the paper said. The plan, Programma Aanpak Stikstof, was launched in 2015 with the aim of reducing nitrogen emissions (including ammonia and nitrous oxide) in environmentally-sensitive areas such as the Veluwe.... More >

Government to act on housing crisis: VK

The government is planning to earmark billions of euros in its 2020 spending plans to try to solve problems in the Dutch housing market, the Volkskrant said on Thursday. Cabinet sources told the paper the government plans to bring in ‘unorthodox measures’ such as setting up a €1bn housing fund for local councils and a reduction in tax for housing corporations. This, officials hope, would encourage the corporations to start building middle income homes again. In addition, officials are looking... More >