Housing associations will increase the rents of their social housing units by an average of 2 percent from 1 July. However, some housing associations are also implementing an income-related rent increase this year that will be higher. This is allowed for tenants from a certain income. The extra rent increase for the higher incomes is not included in the average of 2 percent.
Due to corona, social rents were not allowed to rise at all from the cabinet last year. This year, that may be a maximum of 2.3 percent for low-income earners. That is the same as inflation between December 2020 and November 2021. According to the umbrella organization of housing associations Aedes, 63 percent of the homes remain below that.
“The rapid increase in inflation that started at the end of 2021 therefore has little or no effect on the rent increase,” says Aedes. The association says that housing associations often remain below the maximum, precisely because of the current high inflation. In addition, 30 percent of the housing associations are implementing a rent freeze for homes with a low energy label. At the end of 2021, the average rent for housing associations was 563 euros.
The cabinet has therefore allowed housing associations to raise rents extra this year for people with a higher income, which is the so-called income-related rent increase. It is a maximum of 50 or 100 euros.
Single-person households with a gross income of 47,948 euros or more may receive a rent increase of a maximum of 50 euros. If they earn more than 56,527 euros, that is 100 euros. In multi-person households, the rent may be increased by 50 euros if they earn more than 55,486 euros and by 100 euros if that is more than 75,369 euros.
How did it get to the point where there are now far too few social rental homes? Watch this explainer from NOS on 3: