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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2010): Social housing - overseas

Housing finance reform in the making: the case of the Netherlands

H. Priemus

Housing Studies, vol. 25, 2010, p. 755-764

This paper explains how the current Dutch housing finance system works and analyses its weaknesses against the backdrop of a free housing market and national policy goals. It subsequently offers some building blocks for future reform, which are currently under discussion by the SER Commission of Social Economic Experts. These include:

  1. the introduction of tenure-neutral housing vouchers
  2. abandoning general housing subsidies and tax relief
  3. the gradual raising of regulated rents to market levels
  4. strengthening the role of housing associations.

Social assistance recipients and tenancy conditions in the private rented sector

M.A. Stamso

Housing Studies, vol. 25, 2010, p. 591-605

As a result of the low proportion of social rented housing available to low-income households in Norway, many are forced to rent privately. Consequently, this market becomes a part of social housing policy because social security offices provide financial assistance to cover the rent of these dwellings. This study compares tenancy conditions in the private rent market in two cities, Trondheim and Oslo, for social assistance recipients. The analysis shows that social assistance recipients have different tenancy conditions to other tenants. Particularly, they find themselves in the most expensive segment of the market.

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