Dutch housing costs among highest in Europe

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Research by the European Commission shows that the Dutch spend more on housing than other EU citizens.

The Dutch spend 30.9 percent of their disposable income on housing, compared to a European average of just 22.2 percent. Tenants are worst off; on average, their housing costs amount to 38.7 percent. And even more alarming: The households with the lowest incomes spend the most on housing: 47.4 percent.

Housing Market Professor Johan Conijn says housing costs in the Netherlands are high mainly as a result of high building costs and land prices. He points out that the high costs sometimes lead to major problems at the lower end of the market. “People with low incomes can barely make ends meet with what’s left after they’ve paid their housing costs”


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2 Comments To This Article

  • Ani posted:

    on 14th September 2010, 17:31:45 - Reply

    I'm not working as I'm rising my baby, My spouse is a PhD student. We pay 58% of our family income to rent a small apartment!!! In this in comparision to 30% of our income we paid for the same size flat in NYC, and 20% for a bigger apartment in Germany. Some agencies proposed us a bit cheaper flat, but they require our income to be 5 times bigger than the rent... ! ???... So we can't rent a cheaper flat and have to pay more.And because our rent price is higher 647 euro we cannot apply for huur-toeslag.
    Why in Holland there is no possibility to find a flat directly from owner (through newspaper or i-net) as it is in Germany?
    Dutch Government put maximum "regulated" rent price 647 euro, but, giving "freedom" to real estate corporations, it made almost impossible to find an apartment for this price.
    I think the Government has to facilitate "direct" market and apply regulations to real estate companies which have over-profits. And huur-toeslag should be applied depending on and proportionally to a family income, - the same principle as for zorg-toeslag.
    This situation with apartments' prices enforces highly-knowledge/qualified migrants not to come/stay in Holland and go to "neighbors".
  • wiebke posted:

    on 29th August 2010, 19:34:23 - Reply

    What a sad story. Hate to say I am one of those tenants. I am spending around 40 % of my income to have a very modest roof over my head. The Dutch government made the mistake to give cooporations and other house owners the freedom to control the prices of 'free sector' housing in the Netherlands. I had no choice but to get a house in this sector, coming from abroad. For social housing one is required to have 'points', which can only be collected after living here for many years. The article only leaves one question unanswered, are most dwellings in Holland generally smaller as well?