In this publication we focus on one of the most important themes that affects almost everyone in the Netherlands: the housing market. The accessibility to- and affordability of the housing market has been under strong pressure for years. The government, however, has not yet succeeded in realizing concrete and future-proof solutions. The current cabinet wants to change this by raising the liberalization limit in 2024. From then on, homes at a national rent level of up to approximately €1,000 per month will fall into the regulated rental sector. Will this be the solution that the housing market so desperately needs? Or will it further contribute to the existing problems of availability and affordability?
The short answer based on our analyses: the proposed plan does not work. In fact, it results in a deterioration of the investment climate, which will lead to fewer rental properties in the existing stock. In this publication we share our findings and show where the opportunities lie for adjustments of the proposal for a future-proof and sustainable rental housing sector.
Kind regards, Thomas Westerhof
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