Housing corporations

A housing corporation is an organization that focuses on building, managing and renting good quality housing with an affordable rent for people with a limited income (social housing). Housing corporations often manage large parts of a city. That is why they are an important partner in making a city climate-proof.
Housing corporations in the Netherlands have a legally defined task and pay a landlord’s tax to the state. This makes it difficult for housing corporations to include adaptation to climate change in their renovation or new construction projects in its entirety. This is mainly due to the restriction of their statutory duties. The Housing Act 2015, the Permitted Institutions Decree (BTIV) and the Admitted Institutions Regulation limit the scope of the permitted climate change adaptation measures by housing corporations, and may lead to accountability problems.
Climate change adaptation measures are only permitted as long as these investments relate exclusively to the buildings or infrastructural elements owned by and on the plot of land of the housing corporation, and therefore do not relate to a larger area.
It is therefore a condition that climate change adaptation measures only benefit the own tenants of the relevant social housing units. The climate adaptive measures should be considered as part of the infrastructure of the dwelling. As a housing corporation, it is therefore not permitted to invest in public space. More information about housing corporations and climate change adaptation can be found on the website www.ruimtelijkeadaptatie.nl.