The four large Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague - will have the opportunity to present their wish lists in the area of mobility and housing during a special meeting with the government next week. This meeting will happen with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ministers Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure in Utrecht on Wednesday, sources in The Hague confirmed to AD after reports in NRC.
Dozens of new laws, rules, and regulations went into effect in the Netherlands at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday. Among them, a cut to the 30-percent ruling, new income tax credits, mortgage caps, a sales tax increase, expanded childcare subsides, and more rights for cities to seize homes related to the illegal drugs trade.
The Dutch government is implementing a number of law changes on January 1st. Below find a summary of changes made in the category Housing and Living Environment.
Home rents will increase by no more than 4.1 percent to 5.6 percent from July 1st next year. More information can be found here.
GroenLinks, SP and PvdA, the three largest left-wing parties in the Tweede Kamer, together presented an alternative budget that puts "people above multinationals" on Wednesday. They call for more investments in society and in the "livelihood of all Dutch people", Het Parool reports.
With the new year starting, the Dutch government is implementing a number of new laws and changing some existing ones. Below is an explanation of changes to the law applying to housing and living environment.
In 2018 prospective homeowners can take out a mortgage up to 100 percent of the value of their home. Home buyers can no longer borrow more than the house is worth. Other costs like advice, notary or valuation costs can no longer be co-financed from the mortgage. In 2017, home owners could loan up to 101 percent of their home's value.
The College of Human Rights think poverty reduction should be higher up on the political agenda and the government should develop a national program to tackle poverty, they stated in a report issued on Wednesday. Human rights such as right to education, employment, health and housing are threatened by citizens' lack of monetary means.
Last year Amsterdam created 1,370 new homes in the city by converting unused office buildings. Over the next two years another 250 vacant office buildings will be converted, creating an estimated 4 thousand new homes, the city announced in a press release.
Housing prices in Amsterdam increased a massive 23 percent last year, according to figures from the Dutch association of realtors NVM. The national average housing price increase was 9 percent, RTL Nieuws reports.
The average home in the Netherlands now costs about 20 percent more than in the low point of the financial crisis, the third quarter of 2013. The value of houses in Amsterdam is already well over half again as high.
Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities plan to build 60 thousand homes in the region by 2020 - about 20 thousand more than in the original plans for the region in the period to 2020, Amsterdam alderman Laurens Ivens of Housing announced on Monday. About half of the planned new homes will be in the Dutch capital, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
The Amterdam mayor and aldermen approved a Harbor City memorandum on Tuesday which states that at least 18 thousand homes will be built in the Dutch capital's harbors by 2040, Het Parool reports. That is nearly twice as many homes as agreed upon three years ago, according tot he newspaper.
The city can also decide at a later stage to also develop the Coen- and Vlot harbor. That would mean there is room for 40 thousand homes and that all harbor areas will be completely transformed into residential areas in the next 20 years.
The Holendrecht Center, former ABN Amro headquarters and the largest vacant office building in Amsterdam, is being demolished to make way for a new residential area consisting of at least 1,500 homes
The city of Amsterdam will soon start building a thousand new temporary apartments that will house refugees and students. The homes will be located spread over five locations and be used for 10 years, the municipality announced on Wednesday
A massive 48 percent of homes sold in Amsterdam in the first quarter of this year, sold for more than their listing price, compared to 42 percent in the last quarter of 2015 and a quarter a year ago, according to figures of Amsterdam real estate association MVA
The Dutch government is giving municipalities 700 million euros extra this year and next year for asylum seeker integration. The money is intended to be used for education, language lessons and care for asylum seekers
Almere wants to experiment with Tiny Houses - an American money saving trend of teeny tiny, sometimes completely self-sufficient and sustainable houses, alderman Tjeerd Herrema said
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.
Dutch municipalities will have to find home for at least 23 thousand refugees with a residency permit in the second half of this year, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice reported on Monday
Amsterdam is launching an "Easter Offensive" on illegal renting of homes to tourists through sites like Airbnb over this weekend. From Good Friday to Easter Monday Amsterdam residents can report suspicions of unlawful rentals on a reporting hotline, the city announced in a press release on Monday.
For the third year in the row, Amsterdam made it to 11th place on the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings. Amsterdam is the only Dutch city to make it onto the rankings. Vienna has the highest quality of life in the world, Baghdad has the worst.
A court judge has ruled in favor of a municipality when the judge imposed a 24,000 euro fine on a man and his adult son after renting out their property via Airbnb. The municipality reported had them fined because they has rented out their house on Zwanenburgwal to tourists. De Telegraaf noted that the tourists had paid dearly for the house.
The number of asylum seekers seeking refuge in the Netherlands this past week has dropped by 27 percent compared to the week before. The Ministry of Security and Justice reported 1,600 refugee entering the Netherlands in the week of October 19th –October 25th, 600 less than the week before.
Those seeking asylum in the Netherlands should have no access to the current collection of rent-controlled social housing on the market, VVD parliamentarian Roald van der Linde told the AD. “Refugees that come from a warzone must be happy with whatever they get,” he firmly stated.
It is expected that as many as 43,000 asylum seekers will have a residency permit status allowing them to qualify for social housing in the Netherlands. The prediction comes from a brief prepared by Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff that he gave to BNR, the broadcaster reported.
By way of an adjustment to the points system, thousands of tenants will be looking forward to a reduction in their rent by up to 200 euros. Housing associations and commercial landlords are not obligated to take these initiatory obligations strictly upon themselves, Housing Association spokesperson Marcel Trip van de Woonbond told AD.nl that tenants should not assume that their rent would automatically be lowered, they themselves should conduct home inspections and submit this to their landlords.