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.
The price to rent a home in the Netherlands continued to rise in the second half of 2018. The average rent increased by 2.9 percent. The average price per square meter increased by 5.9 percent, according to realtors association NVM and real estate managers association VGM, ANP reports.
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.
Tenants of social rental housing do not have to worry about any extreme rent increases in the coming years. The association of housing corporations Aedas and the Woonbond made a new social lease agreement in which they agreed that social housing tenants will not carry the costs of making their homes more energy-efficient. And rents will rise by no more than inflation in the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports.
The agreement still has to be approved by the members of both organizations.
Free sector rents in the Netherlands continue to rise. In Rotterdam and Eindhoven they rose even faster than in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague over the past two quarters, according to figures rental platform Pararius released on Tuesday, ANP reports.
Rotterdam showed the strongest growth of the five large Dutch cities. Last quarter rents in Rotterdam were 14.3 percent higher than in the same quarter last year. Eindhoven saw an increase of 12.1 percent. Tenants in Rotterdam now pay an average of 16.50 euros per square meter per month, and those in Eindhoven 14.62 euros.
This year the value of office buildings in Amsterdam increased the most of all cities in the world. In the third quarter Amsterdam offices' value rose by 27.4 percent, according to a report by real estate advisor JLL that will be published in the coming weeks, Financieele Dagblad reports.
Office rents on the Zuidas, Amsterdam's business district, currently amount to about 400 euros per square meter.
For the first time students in the Netherlands on average pay over 400 euros per month for a room. Student housing rents increased more than 5 percent compared to last year, according to student housing website Kamernet, RTL Nieuws reports.
Amsterdam is the most expensive when it comes to student housing, with an average price of 571 euros per month for a room. Rotterdam saw a student housing rent increase of 7.4 percent to 460 euros per month.
Rents in the Netherlands free sector continue to rise, especially outside the four large cities. The average rental price in the Netherlands increased by nearly 6 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures rental housing site Pararius released on Tuesday, NOS reports.
The rapid rent increases in the free sector seems to be slowing down in most of the big cities in the Netherlands, according to figures from rental site Pararius for the second quarter. Only Utrecht is still seeing large rent increases. Outside the Randstad, however, rental prices are skyrocketing, NOS reports.
Outside the Randstad areas, rental prices increased on average by 10 percent in the second quarter. The average increase in the Randstad was 4.7 percent. Flevoland and Groningen even saw increases of 23 and 17 percent respectively.
A massive 73 percent of students in the Netherlands pay too much in rent, according to a study by national student union LSVb. On average student rents are 55 euros per month higher than allowed by the property valuation point system. Amsterdam students are worst off - 80 percent pay an average of 115 euros too much rent per month, ANP reports.
An increasing number of Dutch tenants find themselves in long-term financial problems, according to a study by the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. In 2012 a total of 37 percent of tenants were barely able to pay their bills for four years in a row. In 2015 that increased to almost 55 percent, NU.nl reports.
According to the PBL, the increase in households in financial binds can partly be attributed to rising rental prices and housing costs. An influx of new households with relatively low income in the rental sector also plays a role.
Rents in the private sector in the Netherlands increased again in the third quarter. The average rent increased by 6.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year, letting agent Pararius reported on Friday, according to the Telegraaf.
The average rent rose from 13.27 euros per square meter in 2015 to 14.11 euros per square meter. According to Pararius director Jasper de Groot, the increase can partly be attributed to a shortage of rental housing for people with mid level incomes in the Randstad.
The SP wants a structural rent reduction of 400 euros per year for residents of social housing. The party also wants more inexpensive rental housing built and more houses to be insulated
It seems that rent prices in Amsterdam's private sector are finally stabilizing. Last quarter the rent price for a private sector home in the city was below 22 euros per square meter, lower than the two previous quarters, according to rental site Pararius.nl. "On balance, the rent on private housing was stable for three quarters", director Jasper de Groot said
Amsterdam is desperately searching for vacant business- and industrial areas on the outskirts of the city to use as venues for festivals and events
The municipality of Amsterdam announced a regulation to financially help low income households in the city who pay a relatively high rent. Amsterdam is the first city in the Netherlands to do so
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.
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.
The four major cities saw a sharp rent increase for homes in the non-controlled sector in the second quarter. The average rent for a home in the private sector increased the most in Rotterdam with 9.4 percent, followed by Utrecht with 7.3 percent, Amsterdam with 7.1 percent and The Hague with 6..8 percent. Nationally the price increased by 2.3 percent in the second quarter, compared to the same quarter last year.
A tenant in Amsterdam who placed his social housing apartment on Airbnb rental service now has to vacate the house within two weeks, reports RTL Nieuws. The investigation showed that the house was sublet for at least 130 days, the housing firm's lawyer said based on reviews Airbnb guests left for the apartment.
Housing associations offer very little cheap rental housing with rent up to 403 euro. Only 7 percent of available rental homes fall into this cheap category.
Dutch retailer V&D is pushing for a discount of 24 million euros on rent for its 63 stores across the country. The company is trying to force through a deal with landlord, writes Het Parool, after difficult negotiations barely kept the retailer out of bankruptcy.
Property developers started the construction of almost 2000 student homes in Amsterdam. This is in line with the city’s schedule to complete 9000 student residences next year.