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House rental prices increased by 12 percent in the free market in the Netherlands



House rental prices increased by 12 percent in the free market in the Netherlands

According to the information provided by realtors associations NVM and VGM NL last week, free market rents increased by an average of 11.8% per square meter in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of the previous year. 

This is the largest increase in free market rents since associations began tracking quarterly figures in 2014. On average, new tenants paid €15.35 per square meter per month in the second quarter compared to €13.73 a year earlier.

Free market rents include all properties with a base rent above €763 per month, while the provinces with the highest sq.m. prices saw the lowest price increases of less than 10% in Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht. The biggest rent increase was followed by Flevoland with 27.2% and Groningen with 21.6%.

At municipal level, the most significant rent increases were in Amstelveen (+41.1%), Almere (+31.7%) and Groningen (+21.8%). Three of the four largest Dutch cities saw below-average rent increases, even Rotterdam saw rent declines (-6.1% y). Free market rents rose 5.1% in Amsterdam and 7.4% in Utrecht. The Hague’s rent growth was equal to the national average. Haarlem was the only other municipality where rents fell (-5%).

“With these price increases, the rental market is becoming increasingly inaccessible,” said NVM president Onno Hoes. said. “In both the rental and landlord-occupied industries, the accessibility of a home is increasingly disappearing and the tenant is really falling into the cracks with this policy.”

According to Hoes, government measures such as purchase protection to keep investors out of the market and proposals to regulate the mid-leasing segment are hurting the rental industry. “There has been discussion for a while for a more nuanced package of measures that balances the playing field between leasing and buying. Unfortunately, this message has not yet fully reached the central government and the tenant is the victim.” used the phrase.

After falling for four consecutive quarters, the number of free market rentals finally increased quarterly. In the second quarter, there were 5.6% more registered transactions compared to the first quarter.

Sander Groot, Head of VGM NL, called it a good sign that more people are relocating. “However, the flow in the rental market is still sluggish. It would be good to create a good investment climate to create more supply in the rental sector. Municipalities, investors and other market stakeholders must work together to realize affordable newly built homes.” said.

According to De Groot, a larger free rental industry encourages flow in the market, among other benefits. “Despite the advantages of leasing, the government seems determined to promote home ownership and investment in rental real estate seems discouraged.” said.

The proportion of newly built homes in the free market increased significantly in the second quarter, by 25%, compared to previous quarters.


Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Getting married in the Netherlands: All information for your dream wedding in the Netherlands



Getting married in the Netherlands

Getting married in the Netherlands means having a wonderful ceremony on the beach or on a large sailing ship in the middle of the sea. That’s why we want to recommend Holland to you to get married.

We’ll tell you everything you need to have a dream wedding there.

How to get married in the Netherlands

In Holland you can have both a civil and a church wedding. However, only the civil marriage is legally valid. In addition, one of you must be Dutch or have your domicile or habitual residence in the Netherlands. Otherwise it is not possible to get married in Holland.

Where to get married in the Netherlands

Whether it’s romantic in the lighthouse with a view of the sea, on a sailing boat trip on the sea or directly on the beach with your feet in the sand – Holland also offers you wonderful places to get married outside of the registry office, because the registry officials come everywhere.

When is the best time to get married in the Netherlands?

From June to August you have the best weather conditions for your wedding in Holland.

You need these documents for a wedding in the Netherlands

Valid passports or ID cards
International birth certificates (you can get them at the registration office of your place of birth)
Extract from the population register or proof of Dutch nationality
An international marriage certificate (you can get this from the registry office in your municipality)
If divorced: final, certified divorce decree
If widowed: certified death certificate

Foreigners must also regularly present a certificate from the Dutch immigration authorities (vreemdelingendienst) to the police when ordering a riot police, in accordance with the law on the prevention of sham marriages, which has been in force in the Netherlands since the end of 1994.

The application form (M46 form) for this certificate will not be submitted until all the above documents are received. The form does not have to be submitted if the foreign partner in question has a permanent residence permit in the Netherlands, or both partners live abroad for an indefinite period of time, or the foreign partner in question is an EU citizen and is registered in the Netherlands (in the GBA).

Magical Dutch wedding customs

In Holland it is not bad luck if the groom sees his bride before the wedding. Because in the Netherlands it is customary for the groom to personally pick up the bride at home before the wedding and give her the bridal bouquet. Then the two drive together to the church or to the registry office.

At the wedding celebration, a wedding tree, which usually consists of a large branch, is set up next to the bridal couple. In addition, all guests receive a pretty ribbon, pen and piece of paper to write down wishes for the bridal couple and then attach them to the wedding tree. Thus, the tree visually receives leaves consisting of affectionate wishes.

After the wedding, the bridal couple plants lilies of the valley around their house, because the flowers bloom every year and so the love of the bridal couple should bloom again every year.

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Dutch not thinking of saving despite water scarcity



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The Netherlands is facing water shortages, in the official statement of Infrastructure and Water Affairs Minister Mark Harbers on Wednesday. 

Despite this statement and the minister’s recommendation to use less water, 48 percent of Dutch residents said they did not plan to use less water. 4000 people participated in the survey conducted by Hart van Nederland.

As a result of the survey, it was revealed that women will pay more attention to water use than men. More than half of the men reported that the amount of water they would use would be the same.
Older people, on the other hand, view the savings advice positively. 57 percent aged 50 and over said they aim to use less water because of the possibility of scarcity. 62 percent under the age of 30 stated that they will not reduce their water use.
Three-quarters of the 46 percent who will pay attention to water use said that they plan to do this by taking a shorter shower. Half of 46 percent reported that they would water their gardens and balconies less and fill their swimming pools and jacuzzis less.

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Dutch Minister of Infrastructure: We are facing water scarcity




According to the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mark Harbers, yesterday, the Netherlands is officially facing water shortages. According to the minister’s statement, no extra measures have been taken regarding this issue yet, but if the drought continues, various measures will be taken.

The Minister stated that the situation is quite serious and that this problem should be addressed from a national perspective, not a local one.
Harbers said that while drinking water is sufficient at the moment, citizens should now be more careful when using the water. “Please think twice before washing your car or filling your pool.”
Currently, some water boards in the country are already taking steps to deal with the famine and have imposed a ban on irrigation for farmers who own arable land. The water level in the IJsselmeer lake, where most of the country’s drinking water comes from, is also kept as high as possible.
The Dutch government has also set up a special team of government, water board officials, drinking water companies and local governments to make the necessary decisions.
The Netherlands is experiencing its fifth water shortage this century. In 2003, the drought reached level 3 and caused a national crisis. Currently, it is listed as level 2, indicating that it is facing a famine.

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