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Parliament in the Netherlands
Dec 22 '19 13:06

With a new year comes a host of law changes, new rules, and regulations to be implemented in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is enforcing dozens of these new laws as of January 1, 2020. Every year, the NL Times does a roundup of these rules changes for non-Dutch speaking people. Here follows a summary of the main changes per category. 

For 2020, the Dutch government categorized these laws into nine different sections. Click on each section header for a full article about each category's changes in the new year.

Aerial photo of Utrecht
Dec 17 '19 09:55

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Housing and Living Environment, known to the public at the time of publication:

Airbnb
Dec 3 '19 09:06

Minister Stientje van Veldhoven, responsible for Environment and Housing, submitted a new bill to parliament that makes it mandatory for homeowners who rent out their homes to tourists to register this with their municipality. Those who fail to do so face a fine of up to 83 thousand euros. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, who insisted on the law, think it does not go far enough, NRC reports.

Handrails installed in a bathroom
Nov 5 '19 17:40

Municipalities in the Netherlands are far behind in creating enough homes suitable for the growing group of elderly people, according to research by organization for the elderly ANBO and organization for healthcare entrepreneurs ActiZ. Nationally over 13 billion euros are needed to adapt or create homes in which people can grow old well, the organizations said, AD reports.

Utrecht Central Station
Jul 10 '19 09:18

Dutch rail company NS is looking into building thousands of homes above the railways around Utrecht Central Station, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, and The Hague Central Station. NS wants to use the money it expects to earn with this to modernize the train stations, RTL Nieuws reports.

Amsterdam_Zuidoost_ING-Bank_02_PM07
Apr 11 '19 17:00

The average Dutch household now spends a larger share of their income on basic needs like housing, healthcare and energy than in 2008. They therefore have less money left over for services and items. As a result, households now consume less than before the crisis, while at the same time spending more money, ING's economic office said on Thursday, NU.nl reports. 

Kornwerderzand island on the IJsselmeer
Apr 5 '19 14:35

While perhaps more commonly known for floods than droughts, The Netherlands is allocating seven million euros to combat excessively dry seasons in the country. The money will be used to build larger water reservoirs in sandy areas, to monitor levels of evaporation, and to reduce the impact of salinization on drinking water production, the government announced on Friday.

Hard hat
Jan 9 '19 16:10

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.

Binnenhof, Netherlands Parliament
Jan 1 '19 13:35

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.

houe for sale/sold sign
Dec 28 '18 17:00

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.

2019 budget ready to be presented to the Tweede Kamer, Prinsjesdag, 18 Sept 2018
Sep 19 '18 10:20

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. 

house for sale
Dec 23 '17 08:00

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.

Health insurance
May 17 '17 15:20

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.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Mar 9 '17 10:30

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.

Jan 12 '17 16:50

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. 

construction worker
Dec 12 '16 10:35

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.

Nov 16 '16 14:25

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. 

May 16 '16 10:30

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

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May 11 '16 08:12

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

houe for sale/sold sign
May 3 '16 16:35

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

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Apr 28 '16 14:48

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

1280px-Small_house_during_January_2016_Oregon_snowfall
Apr 20 '16 14:30

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

sign
Apr 7 '16 12:35

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.

Klaas_Dijkhoff_2015_(2)
Apr 5 '16 10:30

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

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