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Student and flatshare rooms are scarce, but prices are rising

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A new report says there is a “worrisome decline” in the supply of rental housing for Dutch students and young professionals, with average rents rising by 10%.

“While the supply of rental housing, especially for students and young professionals, has declined, demand has risen sharply,” the agency said. “We also see Kamernet’s low availability.”

In particular, the resurgence of face-to-face education has increased the number of Dutch and international students looking to find a place to live, Kamernet said. And while room rents have risen by 10 per cent across the country, university cities such as Amsterdam, Tilburg, Nijmegen and Maastricht see much higher increases.

Government regulations and tax increases have already hit the supply of rental housing, but local government bans on flat-sharing are also having an impact, Kamernet said.

“The real effect of such measures will only be visible between 2023 and 2024, which does not bode well for housing supply in this target group. We expect demand to continue to decline to levels, but demand will only increase.

“This probably means that rents in (university) cities will continue to rise. We fear young professionals and students will be in an even worse position in the housing market than they are now .”

Nearly half of the accommodation offered in Kamernet is provided by individual landlords and over a third is advertised by singles or groups looking for flatmates.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/02/fewer-rooms-for-students-and-flat-sharers-but-prices-are-going-up/ Student and flatshare rooms are scarce, but prices are rising

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