The aim of the investment, 1 billion euros spread over ten years, is to build 900,000 homes. To this end, the cabinet uses an existing scheme: the housing incentive.
Last push of construction projects: 100 million
The aim of this scheme is that construction projects that are less profitable are still financed. This is the case, for example, when a construction project must have a certain percentage of social housing or affordable housing.
Because there is less profit margin on that type of housing, it is often more complicated to get financing for those projects. The government will then help with the housing incentive to ensure that the project can still go ahead.
Also for infrastructure
And that arrangement seems to work, research agency Companen has already established. With the current housing impulse, the aim was to speed up the construction of about 65,000 homes. That number seems to be easily achieved: plans have already been granted for about 95,000 homes.
However, that 100 million per year is not purely for homes. The money can also be used for infrastructure needed to get to the new homes. Also, some projects are now stalled.
Homes for vulnerable people: 10 million
Another subsidy scheme is being extended by the cabinet. Namely the subsidy scheme to build homes for vulnerable people.
This scheme is intended, among other things, to build more homes for homeless people, status holders and students. The scheme will be extended until 2025. A subsidy of 10 million euros is available per year.
Homes for the elderly: 20 million
The subsidy scheme for clustered homes will also continue, especially for the elderly. In 2022, 20 million euros will be available to stimulate the construction of clustered homes. These are homes in which several apartments share a common area so that people can meet each other there or receive care there.
Reduction of landlord levy: 180 million
The cabinet also accommodates the larger landlords in the regulated rental sector. Due to the corona crisis, the rent for social housing cannot be increased until June 30, 2022. But the landlords are compensated for this. For housing associations and larger landlords, the landlord levy is reduced.
In this way, money must still be available for the housing associations to build more affordable housing. The cabinet hopes that the construction of its 150,000 regulated rental homes can start in 2022.
Smaller regulated landlords are also compensated. Arrangements will be made for them that should make it possible to make maintenance and sustainability more affordable.
The government will also do something in the free sector to regain control of the housing market. The government has announced that it will introduce a bill that will allow municipalities to impose regulations on landlords and introduce a landlord’s permit to tackle rogue landlords. The bill should also help to combat discrimination in the housing market.
And the brokers can also prepare for a conversation with the government. According to the cabinet, the integrity of real estate agents is under pressure due to the shortage on the housing market.
They therefore want the working method of brokers to become more transparent. Among other things, the cabinet wants to make agreements about the way in which insight must be provided into the bidding process and about the way in which new-build homes are allocated.
Since the demonstration in Amsterdam’s Westerpark on September 12, much attention has been paid to the housing crisis in the Netherlands. Last week, the organizations involved in the housing protest already criticized the said 1 billion with which the cabinet wants to accelerate housing construction. According to the organizations, the amount is far too low, at least 4 billion euros should be allocated.
Moreover, they want the complete abolition of the landlord levy, not just the reduction that the government is now introducing.
‘No sense of urgency’
According to the Woonbond, the cabinet even lacks any sense of urgency. Housing association director Zeno Winkels: “Some plasters are put on with 100 million per year, while the multi-billion levy on social rent is maintained.”
According to the union, the landlord levy will cost housing associations about one and a half billion euros next year. The regulation on rents in the free sector must also be stricter than the cabinet intends, the union believes.
According to Winkels, there is a parliamentary majority for both the abolition of the landlord levy and the regulation of the free sector rent. “The House must take the initiative. The housing crisis really needs intervention now.”