Creating a non-regulated affordable rental housing sector entails more than just building new homes. It also requires smart solutions within the existing housing stock and an assurance that rental prices stay at an affordable level. This section focuses on how the mid-priced rental sector is developed in the Netherlands.
In the current coalition agreement, the government has indicated more good quality homes are needed that are in line with the financial possibilities and current desires of (potential) tenants. The government sees the increase of the mid-priced rental housing as a priority. The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations will continue to make efforts on the national level to remove bottlenecks and bring together the various parties.
The main efforts to increase the share of the mid-priced rental sector are made at the local and regional levels, by local stakeholders such as municipalities and investors. They know best what the specific needs are of a local housing market.
However, the central government wants to support local stakeholders where possible. Since the beginning of 2017, the government has been working together with several stakeholders, including municipalities and representative bodies of investors, to resolve issues regarding increasing the mid-priced rental housing supply. Problems and challenges are discussed, such as the lack of knowledge about how to allocate and retain mid-priced homes to the right target group. Examples of implemented measures to overcome these and other mentioned challenges are:
Adapted legislation and regulations
From 1 July 2017, a change in the Spatial Planning Act now enables municipalities to designate the category of mid-priced rental housing in their zoning plans.
Legislative proposal ‘Maatregelen middenhuur’
The Cabinet is also working with municipalities, market parties, housing corporations and tenants to further the construction of a larger mid-priced rental sector. This is done via the legislative proposal 'Maatregelen middenhuur', which contains a simplification of the ‘markttoets’ and a clarification of the Housing Act. With the ‘markttoets’, municipalities judge whether they deem it necessary for housing associations to invest outside the social sector. This can be the case when supply falls behind demand.
Together we work on resolving issues in order to increase the supply of mid-priced rental homes.