From September 1st homeowners in Amsterdam can apply for a subsidy to remove their home from the gas connection. The Dutch capital aims to be gas-free by 2050 in order to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in the city. That means that 350 thousand homes must move from natural gas to sustainable heating and electric cooking, Het Parool reports.
The average age of homebuyers in the Netherlands increased significantly over the past years, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry. That can only partly be explained by the increasing age of the Dutch population, and likely has more to do with stricter mortgage rules and rising property prices, according to the statistics office.
Ruling party VVD wants renters to pay sewage tax, just like homeowners already do. Parliamentarian Hayke Veldman will submit a legislative proposal to achieve this by the end of summer
The number of Dutch households with a relatively low income and relatively high rent increased significantly in the past years - from 8 percent in 2009 to 18 percent last year. In the same period the households living in the reverse situation - high income, low rent - decreased by 10 percent from 28 percent to 18 percent, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
Banks charge a too high interest rate for tens of thousands of homeowners who have a savings mortgage, because they do not take the savings that homeowners build up for repaying the mortgage into account.
Buyers of a new home may soon be able to hold contractors liable for defects after delivery. Currently contractors are only liable for hidden defects and defects that have been noted and recorded on a list before the delivery day.
The Netherlands Association of Realtors (NVM) says that every quarter is better than the last in the housing market. RTL Nieuws reports that the crisis in The Netherlands seems to have been surpassed, as June this year shows a doubling in the number of new homes bought compared to June last year.