Housing

The Nether­lands have a very spe­cif­ic hous­ing tra­di­tion, in which the gov­ern­ment and the munic­i­pal­i­ties play a major role. Ever since the pass­ing of the Dutch Hous­ing Law in 1901, afford­able dwellings for all inhab­i­tants of the Nether­lands have been a nation­al pri­or­i­ty. The Dutch gov­ern­ment has imple­ment­ed a num­ber of poli­cies and ini­tia­tives to ensure that all cit­i­zens have access to high-qual­i­ty hous­ing, includ­ing the pro­mo­tion of home­own­er­ship, the devel­op­ment of social hous­ing, and the reg­u­la­tion of the rental market.

 

 

Today, more than 30% of the hous­ing stock belong to the social rental sec­tor, and 29,3% of all hous­es are owned by cor­po­ra­tions. The gov­ern­ment pro­vides fund­ing to these orga­ni­za­tions to build and main­tain social hous­ing units, and it also reg­u­lates the rents charged to ensure that they remain affordable.

 

 

In the big cities in the West, how­ev­er, the sys­tem is under pres­sure due to the eco­nom­ic boom. While Rot­ter­dam is try­ing to intro­duce more high-qual­i­ty dwellings, Ams­ter­dam attempts to guar­an­tee that res­i­den­tial projects remain afford­able for mid­dle income groups. There­fore the munic­i­pal­i­ty has issued the rule that all new res­i­den­tial projects should con­tain 40% social, 40% mid-range and 20% up-mar­ket dwellings. Reg­u­la­tions of this type are pos­si­ble because 80% of the ground is owned by the municipality.

 

 

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Housing Tours

buiksloterham
Ams­ter­dam

Living Lab Buiksloterham 

Ams­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­tic­i­pants per guide  by bike  Con­tact us for a quote Ams­ter­dam likes to pro­file itself as a

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Urban Renewal in West: WoZoCo old people's housing by MVRDV in Amsterdam-West
Ams­ter­dam

Urban Renewal in West 

Ams­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­tic­i­pants per guide  by bike  Con­tact us for a quote In the 1950s and 1960s, Ams­ter­dam grew

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Housing in Noord: Van der Pek market, street market in a 1920s housing area in Amsterdam
Ams­ter­dam

Affordable Housing in Noord 

Ams­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 25 par­tic­i­pants per guide  on foot, pub­lic trans­port, bike  Con­tact us for a quote Ams­ter­­­dam-Noord is a workers’

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Little C housing
Rot­ter­dam

Innovative Housing 

Rot­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 20 par­tic­i­pants per guide  by bike  Con­tact us for a quote Hous­ing is cur­rent­ly a big issue in

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Eastern Docklands: Self-build waterfront housing in Scheepstimmermanstraat
Ams­ter­dam

Eastern Docklands & Funenpark 

Ams­ter­dam  Dura­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 25 par­tic­i­pants per guide  on foot, by bike  Con­tact us for a quote Amsterdam’s East­ern Har­bour Dis­trict consists

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