Vicky van de Bos

Management in the Built Environment

Bridging the affordability gap - An exploratory study into the potential enhancement of the Dutch intermediate housing sector

Housing affordability is a topic of all times. Although the housing market is pressured in many different regions and is affecting many households, especially middle-income groups seem to suffer from the situation. These households generally earn too much to be eligible for social housing, but too little to obtain a regular mortgage. They are therefore located between the social rented sector and full-price homeownership, and increasingly have to rely on private rented housing (in Dutch also referred to as ‘middeldure huur’), where rent prices are often disproportionate to their income. A solution to bridge this ‘affordability gap’ is intermediate housing tenures. This research aims to explore the potential enhancement of the Dutch intermediate housing sector, so that the provision of these tenures could be stimulated again.

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