The regulated market

Social housing associations own a large part of the regulated housing market and assign these rental houses predominantly to lower income households.

The regulated market consists of rental houses with a rent below a government-determined threshold. In 2016, this threshold is €710 per month. Regulated rental homes are awarded points by the government in accordance with the quality they offer on a number of predetermined criteria, such as floor area and amenities. A number of points are also determined by the dwelling’s location. The total number of points of a regulated rental dwelling determines the maximum rent that may be asked at the start of the rental contract. Rents may be changed once a year. A rent increase is maximised by inflation plus an additional government-determined percentage. This percentage depends on the income of the tenant.

Tenants with a maximum rent of €710 may apply for a rental housing allowance provided by the central government. The exact allowance amount is determined by both the rent level and the income of the applicant.

Landlord levy

Landlords who rent out more than 50 regulated rental houses pay a levy on the value of their rental properties.

More suitable housing with the support of investors

Investors play an important role in creating a suitable housing stock.