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Amsterdam gives preference to young over profit in housing allocation

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Amsterdam council has published new rules for allocating housing in the city.

Rules which include a quota for bed and breakfasts and giving priority for social housing to youngsters, nurses and teachers.

Amsterdam is currently experiencing a serious shortage of housing and lots of property is used to make money from tourism or rented out on a room basis, to maximise prices.

The city plans to monitor the situation in areas with lots of accommodation for tourists and will impose a complete ban on holiday rentals in some places ‘to protect local liveability’.

Quotas are now going to be applied for properties used for lodging tourists depending on the neighbourhood. Licences will only be granted if the owner lives in the property itself.

Amsterdam authorities are also cracking down on illegal flat-sharing. It is currently against the rules in Amsterdam for more than two adults who are not related to rent a property unless it has a licence.

The new rules are now up for public consultation and if approved by the full city council, will come into effect on January 1, 2020.


Via Dutchnews.nl



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