In 2022 the Dutch government introduced several new regulations intended to stimulate the availability of affordable housing and to limit increases in rent levels in the residential market. This alert contains a summary of the most important regulations.
In an attempt to discourage investors from buying up owner-occupied homes in areas with a scarcity of affordable housing, the Dutch government on 1 January 2022 effected legislation allowing municipalities to ban the letting out of formerly owner-occupied homes.
Several municipalities have done so. The city of Amsterdam introduced a ban on the letting out of formerly owner-occupied homes with a listed value of up to EUR 512,000, representing approximately 60% of owner-occupied homes in Amsterdam. Buyers of owner-occupied homes in The Hague and certain areas of Rotterdam with a listed value of less than EUR 355,000 are also banned from letting out their properties. The same is true for homes in Utrecht, with a listed value of less than EUR 487,000.
LIMITATIONS ON RENTAL INCREASES
In the regulated housing sector, with initial rents of up to EUR 763, a Covid-era freeze on rent levels was replaced with a system of income-dependent rental increases:
Maximum rent increase
Incomes up to EUR 47,948
Incomes up to EUR 55,486
Rents below EUR 300: EUR 25
Rents above EUR 300: 2,3 %
Incomes between EUR 47,948 and EUR 56,527
Incomes between EUR 55,486 and EUR 75,369
Incomes higher than EUR 56,527
Incomes higher than EUR 75,369
Other newly introduced legislation limits the role of the listed value of homes in the regulated sector, in the calculation of the permitted initial rent. The points awarded to the listed value are now maximized at 33% of the total.
As a first, new legislation also introduces temporary rent-hike restrictions in the previously unregulated housing market of leases with an initial rent of more than EUR 763. From 1 January 2022 until May 2024 annual rent increases in this sector are limited to inflation plus 1%-point. An evaluation and decision on a possible extension of this restriction is expected before the end of 2024.
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