result of the rental policy under the cabinets of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, tenants, according to director Zeno Shops of the Woonbond, have deteriorated considerably. “The tenant is badly off under Rutte.”
Thats what Stores says in an interview with the AD. For example, the waiting list for a social rental property has increased considerably in recent years, rents have risen and tenants are losing a lot more to housing costs than buyers. Meanwhile, there are more than 100,000 fewer social rental houses in the Netherlands. According to the Woonbond, this is evident from its own analysis of the rental policy of recent cabinets. Stores: “Over the past decade, the cabinet policy has focused on a smaller corporate sector and more commercial rental. Tenants have been the victims of this.”
CBS figures show that tenants lost around 34 percent of their income in housing expenses in 2009. In 2018, that was more than 38 percent. For homeowners, that housing quote fell precisely. Between 2010 and 2019 rents rose sharply: at social rent some 26 percent and in commercial rent 44 percent.
“Under Rutte it has become possible to give a temporary lease contract of two years in the free sector,” says Winkels. “Every two years, a landlord can put someone else in his house, paying for the new rent. As a result, there are now usury prices, which means that middle-income people cannot get a rental house at all.”
De Woonbond wants the points system for determining the amount of rent for a social rental housing to apply also to the free sector in order to avoid high rents. The income limit for social rent should also be raised.