The Dutch housing market

The Dutch housing market consists of 7.3 million homes: 4.3 million owner-occupied homes (60% of the housing stock), 0.7 million privately owned rental homes (10%) and 2.2 million rental homes owned by social housing associations (30%). Source: rapport wonen in beweging 2015).

New demand for housing in the medium term is supported by population growth and an increasing number of households. The number of households is expected to increase by 483,000 between 2012 and 2020. Partly as a result of the crisis, production of new housing has slowed down, making future housing shortages likely. At the current rate, housing supply is expected to increase by 358,000 by 2020. This means that supply falls 125,000 dwellings short of demand. Added to the existing housing shortage of 160,000 (2012), the total shortage will amount to almost 290,000 dwellings in 2020.

Between 2020 and 2040, the number of households is expected to further increase to a total of around 8.5 mln. Over 50% of this increase will be concentrated in three of the country’s twelve provinces: the western provinces of Zuid-Holland and Noord-Holland and the southern province of Noord-Brabant.