The Netherlands is the most densely populated country in Europe and housing is a big issue where the provision of homes is highly regulated.

With 49% of the Dutch population living in rented accommodation, there is pressure on both demand and supply.

Experts in Holland fear the country may be heading for a housing crisis that will hit the lowest income groups hardest. Government policy to encourage home ownership has meant a cutback in the amount of homes being provided by local authorities, who are leaving the provision of rented housing up to the private sector. In the first of three special reports on local authority housing, reporter Sean Whelan looks at the Dutch way of housing.

Sean Whelan meets Sue Lamrani, who has just received a three bedroom apartment from the local authorities after being on the waiting list for two and a half years. Whelan also gets the views of Rikki Van Herken of the Kruidenbuurt Residents Association and Professor Cor Dikgraaf of the Institute of Housing Studies.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 January 2001. The reporter is Sean Whelan.