ICAP General Press Release Housing

Press release December 28, 2020

Many international workers in the Netherlands say they are paying more than they can reasonably afford in rent, and nine in 10 get no help from their employer paying for their accommodation, according to the results of a new survey by the International Community Advisory Platform.

While 43% of the 1,668 survey respondents said they had gross household income of more than €5,000 a month, 25% had an income of less than €3,000 a month – which means they are entitled to live in social housing.

The survey also found that 53% of international workers were paying more than €1,200 a month in rent, but just 30% said they could actually afford to pay so much.

‘The houses are smaller for the price. If you have a Dutch friend let them be the face of your searching process because you will be less likely to face discrimination,’ one Utrecht resident said.

Over seven in 10 said it was hard to find a permanent place to live because of the lack of choice in their price category. One in four said they did not earn enough to meet landlord’s income requirements and almost a quarter said they did not understand the Netherlands’ complicated housing rules.

‘The results show that a sizeable proportion of the Netherlands’ expats do not earn high salaries and are struggling, like many Dutch people, to find an affordable place to live,’ said ICAP board member Deborah Valentine. ‘The popular image of the wealthy expat who will willingly pay thousands of euros for a small flat does not match the reality in many cases.’

Scams and untrustworthy landlords were another problem, with 15% reporting they had been told that they could not register at the home they wanted to rent, indicating the lease was not above board.

‘Stay away from public listings like Facebook groups and smaller websites without any moderation whatsoever. Those places are infested with scammers,’ one respondent in The Hague said.

In total, 55% of the respondents said were looking to buy a home, with 49% saying it would be cheaper than renting.

About the respondents
In total, 1,668 people with 110 different nationalities took part in the survey. Of them, 691 lived in Amsterdam, 186 in The Hague, 104 in Utrecht and 99 in Rotterdam.

About ICAP
ICAP is an independent foundation founded in 2016 to build a bridge between the Netherlands’ international community and government and civic organisations.

Further information

For more on the ICAP research, please contact Robin Pascoe on 0645241999 or email robin@icapamsterdam.nl

About ICAP

ICAP is an independent foundation founded in 2016 to build a bridge between the Netherlands’ international community and government and civic organisations.

In particular, ICAP aims to establish an independent forum to represent and reflects the views of the international community on issues which have an impact on the the Netherlands’ attractiveness as a place to live in and do business.

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