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As Amsterdam Overheats, Investors See Rent Cap Scaring off Money

Residential property stands on the bank of the river Amstel in Amsterdam.
Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Two of the largest investors in Dutch housing say a government proposal to cap some rents would drive projects out of cities such as Amsterdam and make an existing shortage worse.

“Investor appetite will decrease and fewer houses will be built, while the only remedy to the housing problem is to build more,” said Gertjan van der Baan, chief executive officer of Vesteda, a real estate investment company based in the Dutch capital.