Uncertainty among North Dutch residents about the housing market: ‘My children have been on a waiting list for 12 years’

Residents of North Holland are uncertain about their living situation or that of their children. This is evident from an extensive survey conducted by NH Nieuws and Kieskompas among North Holland. According to experts, this is the result of an accumulation of doubts: inflation, rising gas and energy prices, staff shortages and a tight housing market.

Over the past few months, we have conducted extensive research with Kieskompas into topics that are currently live among North Holland residents. Half of North Holland residents indicated that finding a suitable and affordable home for themselves or others was one of the most important topics. “The housing market has become unsustainable. Our children have been on the waiting list for 12 years. It is not possible to buy without special funds. Helping parents has become more difficult,” one of the responses from the study.

According to urban sociologist Beate Volker, the reason is that people tend to seek out topics close to home in times of crisis. She says that due to current developments, inflation, housing market shortages, and rising gas and energy prices, the housing market is currently the talk of the town. “All problems ultimately have repercussions on the housing market.” She gave the energy market as an example: “Many people are interested in the question: How can we become more sustainable and thus save? If it does not work out, they are looking for another, more sustainable home.”

There is no clear policy

According to housing market expert Peter Boelhauer, shortages in the housing market and rising house prices are the result of the lack of a clear and unambiguous policy. It oscillates frequently between market forces and government intervention. “The government wants to build on complex sites, but the market has to solve it. Then you’re going to stumble.”

Residents of North Holland also believe that the government’s approach leaves much to be desired. For example, more than three-quarters of the population support the introduction of self-occupancy and another three-quarters indicate that they believe that owning multiple homes should be discouraged by higher taxes on them.

“Making a greater supply of (affordable) rental housing, especially for the elderly, to promote the transition from purchase to rental”

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One answers: “Houses should become places to live again. There are no things to profit from.” Another in North Hollander answered in the study: “Make sure there is a self-occupancy obligation. Private property owners will pay taxes and homes can only be purchased by people who live in the Netherlands.”

But, according to Boelhouwer, we’re not just there with the approach of private owners and investors. Active efforts must also be made to achieve adequate housing for the elderly. More than two-thirds of the population of northern Holland indicate that this should be given the highest priority.

stimulating home division

One respondent in the study: “Making more supply of (affordable) rental housing, particularly for the elderly, to enhance the flow from purchase to rent.” Others assert that young and old can also live perfectly together. “Simpler systems must be introduced to enable old people and young people to live together.”

Volker and Buelhauer are also enthusiastic about this form of coexistence. Volcker: “There are a lot of old people who live in big houses, so why not the younger ones to join them?” According to Boelhouwer, many municipalities can take an example from the municipality of Bergen, where the housing department is active is stimulated. There, the municipality made the home subdivision permit free in the hope that more homeowners would divide their space.

However, according to Boelhouwer, many solutions are just a cover for bleeding. According to him, the lack of an unambiguous policy and the current problems, which Volcker also mentioned, make the situation very complicated and hopeless. “No real solution can be found. The situation requires fundamental changes in the current policy.”

New Hampshire

This article is part of our “Stand van NH” research project. For this purpose, NH Nieuws Kieskompas commissioned research into the topics that northern Dutch residents find most important. We organize thematic weeks around four topics frequently mentioned in the research (housing crisis, affordability, livelihoods, healthcare and nature) where we discuss the topics in detail. To explain your research rationale, you can: over here fairly.

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