It is hard to believe, but it is true: the rent per square metre in the free sector fell in Haarlem in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from NVM Makelaars.
Earlier this year, all the way back in February, the average price for a home reached its highest ever in the Netherlands (see our article about that here) but, of course, that was before the pandemic hit – and that was only look at selling homes, not renting them.
Now, there seems to be some good news at least for tenants – at least in Haarlem. The latest figures released show that the average rental price in Haarlem has fallen, while that price in the free sector has increased on average in the Netherlands.
Rental price in Haarlem
In the months of April, May and June, the average rent per square metre in Haarlem was found to be €17.01. Compared to the same period last year, the rental price has decreased by 2.2 percent. In July 2020, figures from the Pararius housing platform showed that the square metre price had already fallen in Haarlem in the first quarter of this year.
Average price across the Netherlands
Rent per square metre has risen in almost all major cities, except for Haarlem, Rotterdam, The Hague and Groningen which all saw a decrease in price. The largest increase was noted in the second quarter of 2020 in Almere, where the price rose by 29.5 percent to €12.12. The largest decrease occurred in Rotterdam, where the price fell by 3.9 percent to €13.22. Incidentally, the average rent per square meter was €12.41 in the second quarter of this year.
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