Housing costs of households; household and dwelling characteristics

Housing costs of households; household and dwelling characteristics

Owner or tenant Household characteristics Dwelling characteristics Accuracy Periods Housing costs Total housing costs (euro) Housing costs Net rent or mortgage (euro) Housing costs Additional housing costs (euro) Housing cost ratio (%) Skewed rent Non-skewed rent (%) Skewed rent Skewed towards cheap rent (%) Skewed rent Skewed towards expensive rent (%)
Total Private households Total dwellings Value 2012 863 641 222 34.0 . . .
Total Private households Total dwellings Value 2015 839 627 212 33.0 . . .
Total Private households Total dwellings Value 2018 864 653 211 32.6 . . .
Owner Private households Total dwellings Value 2012 1,047 794 253 32.5 . . .
Owner Private households Total dwellings Value 2015 966 728 238 29.4 . . .
Owner Private households Total dwellings Value 2018 989 753 236 29.0 . . .
Tenant Private households Total dwellings Value 2012 591 416 175 36.2 67.3 24.5 8.3
Tenant Private households Total dwellings Value 2015 648 476 172 38.5 67.5 18.5 14.0
Tenant Private households Total dwellings Value 2018 675 502 173 38.1 72.8 15.5 11.7
Rents dwelling from private owner Private households Total dwellings Value 2012 743 560 183 40.8 62.8 22.8 14.4
Rents dwelling from private owner Private households Total dwellings Value 2015 812 629 183 42.2 66.8 16.5 16.7
Rents dwelling from private owner Private households Total dwellings Value 2018 842 661 181 42.6 71.0 13.6 15.4
Rents dwelling from housing corporation Private households Total dwellings Value 2012 549 376 173 34.9 68.5 24.9 6.6
Rents dwelling from housing corporation Private households Total dwellings Value 2015 597 429 169 37.3 67.8 19.1 13.2
Rents dwelling from housing corporation Private households Total dwellings Value 2018 606 436 170 36.3 73.5 16.3 10.2
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains figures on the housing costs of private households in independent homes. Households living (temporarily) in a house free of charge are not included. The figures are presented for both owners and tenants and can be further divided into various characteristics of the household and the dwelling.

Data available from: 2012

Status of the figures: final

Changes as of 4 April 2019:
New table.

When will new figures be published?
Figures over reporting year 2021 will be published in 2022.

Description topics

Housing costs
Total housing costs
The average total (net) amount spent on housing such as rent or mortgage, including additional housing costs such as property tax, premiums paid for home insurance, sewerage charges, gas, water and electricity and maintenance.
Net rent or mortgage
For tenants this is the rent minus the rent subsidy (if applicable). For owners these are the mortgage, but also the property tax, premiums paid for home insurance and maintenance costs.
Additional housing costs
Costs that are applicable to every household, tenants as well as owners. These are the taxes paid to the municipalities and public bodies and the costs for gas, water and electricity.
Housing cost ratio
The average percentage of disposable household income spent on housing.
Skewed rent
Rent disproportionate to the household income.



Non-skewed rent
Non-skewed rent: the rent of the home is proportionate to the household income.
Skewed towards cheap rent
Households that are eligible for housing benefit and have a before tax rent higher than a specified level. Their level of rent is below that expected for a household with this income.
Skewed towards expensive rent
Households with an income above a specified income level and a before tax rent under the liberalisation level. Their level of rent is above that expected for a household with this income.