The Dutch housing market suffered more than many other West-European housing markets from the global financial crisis. After some stimulation measures at the beginning of the crisis, the market was hit hard by several government policies in both the rented and the owner-occupied sectors. Against this background this paper pays attention to the disfunctioning of the Dutch housing market and to current housing issues which are high on the political agenda. The paper argues that the contemporary Dutch housing market serves as an engine for social inequality and leads to sharp divisions and instability in society, in social, political and in economic terms. The paper then offers some solutions for these significant housing market problems.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Housing Policy
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2019

    Research areas

  • home ownership, housing market reform, Housing policies, Netherlands, renting, social inequalities

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