Housing supply

Local landlords first: Councils will have more of a say in housing supply

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Local councils will have the power to allocate 50 per cent of all housing – both rental and less expensive owner-occupied – to people who already live in the locality, under new legislation tabled in Parliament on Tuesday by the Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge.

The new law will also give councils the right to give higher priority to people in ‘crucial professions’, such as teachers, nurses and emergency service workers, De Jonge told MPs during a briefing. a briefing.

People starting out on the housing ladder often fail to find housing in their hometown because “prices are skyrocketing and overbidding is rampant,” De Jonge said. This is often due to foreigners, the minister said.

Additionally, he said, older people who want to downsize are struggling to find suitable apartments in their own neighborhoods due to the shortage of supply.

Current rules allow local authorities to reserve half of all rental accommodation for people with an “economic or social connection” to a locality, half of which can be allocated to people who already live there.

The new rule will allow 50% of all homes to go to premises, including owner occupier homes covered by the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme (NHG), which is currently €355,000.

The government hopes the new legislation will come into force next year.


Last week, De Jonge announced plans to develop 60,000 affordable student accommodation by 2030 to address the growing shortage of suitable accommodation.

Universities have urged young foreigners without accommodation not to come and study in the Netherlands.

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