The housing market is splitting society and that inequality is bad for home builders in the long run.

With this statement, the housing association WoningBouwersNL asks a new cabinet to intervene by taking away the tax benefits from homeowners, so that house prices do not go further out of control.

"This leads to unrest and in the long run the flow will stop," says chairman Piet Adema in an interview with NU.nl.

"We are experiencing golden years thanks to the high demand for housing. I think we will reach 70,000 new homes this year, comparable to recent years, and the number of permits is also increasing. But the housing market has become a flywheel for inequality and it is time that we speak out about it."

Adema (56) is experienced in construction and politics.

He was regional director at Volker Wessels, deputy in Friesland and until recently party chairman of the ChristenUnie.

As chairman of WoningBouwersNL, he heads the largest industry association for project developers and contractors in the home construction industry.

Members are involved in about 80 percent of the houses built in the Netherlands.

Remarkably enough, the flag does not go out with the house builders.

Adema believes that politicians should intervene by abolishing tax credits for homeowners.

What exactly do you warn about and to what extent is that warning in the interest of your members?

"The inequality that manifests itself on the housing market can cause dissatisfaction and unrest in society. That is not good for anyone. The first housing protest has already taken place on Sunday. The relationship between tenants and buyers has gotten out of hand. It is also undesirable that first-time buyers no longer have access to an owner-occupied home. In the long run, the flow will stagnate. Then you run the risk that the tide will turn. Then the demand for homes may suddenly collapse. A new cabinet must remove the price-increasing effects in order not to solve the problem yet to get bigger. It still comes across as preaching to our own parish, but it can really harm us."

Do you think the same could happen as in the crisis between 2008 and 2013, when house prices fell 23 percent and housing construction was halved?

"We were dealing with a financial system crisis at the time. For the time being there is no reason to assume that this will happen again. But house prices must remain realistic. If you see what is now being offered on existing homes... That is not the case. normal. And if nothing is done to make money available, I see it continue to grow."

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What do you think needs to be done to keep house prices from flying out of control?

"Measures must be taken that allow the housing market to cool down. This can be done simply by removing the price-increasing factors: the exemption from gift tax of up to 100,000 euros - the so-called jubelton - must be removed. Reduce the mortgage interest deduction further. And we are in favor of a tax on the We are also arguing for a national start-up fund, in which the government buys the land and rents it out to the consumer at a low price. This quickly makes the home 30 percent cheaper. Affordable starter apartments must also be created. Municipalities must then be satisfied with lower land prices."

The caretaker cabinet will probably only announce on Budget Day that an additional 1 billion euros will be added for construction, leaked through the

NOS

.

"That only has an effect in the very long term, not now. The government also spends the money on the most difficult to develop locations. There is a shortage of almost 300,000 houses. In my opinion, that will grow if more labor migrants come to the Netherlands. , and we need them, because there are too few workers. The number of construction sites is insufficient, so more must certainly be added. One million new homes must be built by 2030. But that does not help to solve the acute problem of today , and that's the problem of growing inequality. I'm genuinely concerned about that."

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