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.
Holiday rentals are harming Amsterdam neighborhoods, according to the Amsterdam Court of Audit. Reports of nuisance caused by tourists are not handled, and landlords feel "hunted" by complaints from neighbors. This can lead to disagreeable living situations. The city is also at risk of losing millions of euros in unpaid fines for housing fraud, the Court of Audit concluded, NU.nl and Het Parool report.
Amsterdam is changing its Housing Regulations in an effort to tackle the problems in the local housing market. Some of the main changes proposed for 2020 include a quota on Bed & Breakfasts, banning holiday rentals in certain areas, giving young locals and healthcare and education staff priority for rental housing, and limiting room-based rentals to create more space for families, the city said in a press release.
A majority of the Amsterdam city council wants to investigate whether it can get a "decent" competitor for Airbnb and Booking.com on the market that does adhere to the city's rules on holiday rentals, was revealed during a council meeting on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
Since 2016 Amsterdam veterinarians treated a total of 10 thousand pets for free under the ADAM regulation, a scheme in which low income households can get a voucher to take their pet to the vet for a consultation or to be chipped and sterilized. Animal welfare alderman Laurens Ivens handed out the 10,000th voucher on Thursday, the municipality said in a statement.
The municipality of Amsterdam is working on implementing a rental ban on new owner-occupied homes, in an attempt to prevent new homes from being bought up by investors and then rented out for hefty sums, the municipality said in a press statement. The ban will not only apply to the first buyer, but also to the people who later buy the home.
Up until 2022 another 10,500 homes and rooms will be built for students and young people in Amsterdam and surrounding region - 9 thousand in Amsterdam and 1,500 in the surrounding municipalities, the city of Amsterdam announced.
The municipality of Amsterdam plans to construct 52,500 new homes in the next seven years, responsible alderman Laurens Ivens announced. The main risk for these ambitious construction plans may be the shortage of construction workers, he said, AD reports.
"The plans are there. Hopefully we can find enough construction workers and the state will cooperate", Ivens said while presenting the municipality's plans on Thursday. The city wants to build 7,500 homes per year in its period of government. The rest will be built in the years thereafter.
Amsterdam and seven other popular cities are asking the United Nations for help in dealing with the problems of overcrowded city centers and overheating housing markets. The cities hope the UN will put pressure on national governments to intervene, NOS reports.
The new Amsterdam city government of GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP presented its coalition agreement on Thursday. "The coalition agreement is ambitious and will change things in the city", GroenLinks leader Rutger Groot Wassink said, according to Het Parool. "I always said: the city must become more sustainable, more honest and more democratic, and this agreement does that."
Below are the main plans in the new coalition agreement, Het Parool reports:
Amsterdam is heading for a left-wing-progressive municipal council. GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP are starting negotiations on forming a coalition on Tuesday, Het Parool reports.
The Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen wants to introduce a permit requirement and stricter rules for all events in the city involving animals. In this way the city wants to keep track on events in which animals are used, as well as make sure that they are properly cared for.
In an attempt to reduce the teacher shortage in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is allocating 100 homes for which new teachers will get priority, the city announced on Friday. The city hopes that easier accessibility to housing will make it more attractive for starting teachers to teach in Amsterdam.
The municipality of Amsterdam has decided to decrease the maximum number of nights a private home may be rented. The 50 percent reduction takes the number of nights from 60 down to 30 beginning on New Year's Day 2019, the city said in a statement.
"I know that the decreasing of the limit is not the solution to the fuss in the city. But at least this ruling could diminish the nuisance caused by tourists in certain districts," said Laurens Ivens, the Amsterdam Alderman in charge of housing issues. He acknowledged that it will deter many from renting their home out at all.
Amsterdam is home to at least 6 thousand illegal Airbnb rentals - homes and rooms rented out to tourists on the site that don't comply with Amsterdam's rules on house sharing, Trouw reports based on studies by Amsterdam data analyst Nico van Gog and Airbnb data expert Murray Cox from New York.
The VVD's integrity committee is launching an investigation into parliamentarian Wybren van Haga, who is accused of not following new rules on rental housing that Amsterdam implemented at the start of this year, a spokesperson for the party confirmed to NU.nl.
On Saturday Het Parool reported that Van Haga is violating Amsterdam's stricter rules on housing rental with several of his properties in the Dutch capital.
In an effort to deal with the housing shortage in Amsterdam, a massive 27 thousand new homes were built in the Dutch capital over the past four years of the city coalition's reign. This year construction started on nearly 7.300 homes, the city said in a press statement on Wednesday. Despite these new homes, housing prices in Amsterdam are still increasing alarmingly. The city will therefore collaborate more with regional municipalities, building 60 thousand more homes in the region up until 2020.
Amsterdam implemented another measure to combat illegal vacation rentals on Sunday. From now on, all Amsterdam residents who rent out their homes or rooms in their homes to tourists through Airbnb or other house sharing sites, are obliged to report their listings to the municipality. Those who fail to do so, will be fined, the municipality said in a press release on Sunday.
Airbnb refutes a study released by Trouw and other European newspapers last week that stated that about 40 percent of Dutch Airbnb hosts rent out their homes for more than the limit of 60 days per year. "The data is wrong and uses flawed methodology to make false conclusions", the home sharing site said in a statement sent to NL Times by Simon den Haak, press agent for Airbnb in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam is committed to creating more housing for people with low- or mid-level incomes. To realize this, the municipality is implementing a ratio for new construction projects - 40 percent social housing, 40 percent mid-level rents and 20 percent expensive housing, the city announced in a press release.
The municipality of Amsterdam sent letters to all businesses renting camels in the city, informing them that making the animals walk through the busy city is contrary to animal welfare, alderman Laurens Ivens said, AD reports.
Ivens was responding to questions from the PvdD about a camel that was recently paraded through the Red Light District for a bachelor party. That ride was stopped by the police because the supervisor had outstanding fines.
After 'arresting' an escaped bull on Friday, the Amsterdam police also had to deal with a camel in the Red Light District on Saturday. A group of men marched the camel through the famous Amsterdam neighborhood as part of a bachelor party. The camel supervisor was arrested for an outstanding fine, Het Parool reports.
Rental platform Airbnb is calling on its members to protest against Amsterdam's plan to fine Airbnb landlords who don't report their listing to the municipality. People who want to complain about this new obligation, which will be implemented on October 1st, can do so on a website Airbnb established especially for this purpose, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam is lowering the price of land for the construction of 1,500 mid-level rent-controlled housing, the college of mayor and aldermen announced on Tuesday. The municipality is willing to lose out on 160 million euros in income on the land in order to remedy the serious shortage of rental housing for people who earn too much to qualify for social housing, but can't afford to buy a house, Het Parool reports.