There is an enormous amount of pressure on the Amsterdam housing market. Demand is much higher than the current available housing stock.

In reaction to this situation, we see new lifestyles and new housing developing in the housing market. The new standard in the (inter)national housing market is small, short, and shared. What are the benefits of this for the city, and how can it be regulated to preserve a livable and accessible city?

A reaction to this situation involves houses rented based on temporary (tenant) contracts for short term residencies (five years or fewer). The basic principle of the protective Dutch tenant laws have always been long term residency or semi-permanent residency. What is the effect of these temporary contracts on the city, and how does it contribute to a livable and accessible city?


15.30                       Welcome (Michiel Hulshof)

15.35                       Interview Winnie Terra

– Why is flexible housing an important topic for the Amsterdam tenant federation?

– What do you hope to learn?

15.45                       Presentation Joop de Boer, Pop-Up City

16.00                       Q&A

16.05                      Interview Abel Heijkamp, Bond Precaire Woonvormen/Eindhoven

16.15                      Q&A

16.20                      Introduction of panel

– Max van Engen / Director Housing City of Amsterdam

– Leon Bobbe / Director social housing cooperation De Key

– Fleur Eymann / tenant

– Eline Arisse, tenant

16.30                      Propositions

Discussion about 4 propositions. The proposition is projected, Joop de Boer and Abel Heijkamp have each 1 minute to present their opinion, then the panel discusses.

17.15                       Reflection

Cody Hochstenbach (UvA, Urban Geographies)

17.25                       What do you need to have in your house?

Hania Sobolewska (Poland), performance: Eastern Europe Food Course

17.40                      Announce evening programme with movie Abel Heijkamp

18.30                      Drinks and bites


 Joop de Boer, Pop Up City

 Abel Heijkamp, Bond Precaire Woonvormen.


Max van Engen: Director Dienst Wonen, Municipality of Amsterdam

Leon Bobbe: CEO of Housing corporation De Key

Fleur Eymann: tenant in favour of flexible housing

Tenant against flexibility


Hania Sobelewska



Huurdersvereniging Amsterdam (HA). The HA is an umbrella organisation of all kinds of tenants’ organisations in the city. The HA aims to be the ideal urban advocate of all current and future Amsterdam tenants, and defends the rights and opportunities to these tenants. This way, the HA wants to make sure there are enough affordable houses available for everyone throughout the city.

Pop Up City is a research company and blog that focuses on new urban innovations that improve quality of life and provide smart solutions to specific problems. It was launched by Golfstromen, an Amsterdam-based urban design and communications agency in 2008, out of a fascination for the ways in which citizens, organisations, enterprises, and governments were coming up with creative and flexible solutions to deal with the new urban dynamic.

Bond Precaire Woonvormen (BPW) was established to claim the rights of the anti-squat community and other temporary residents (‘flexbewoners’). BPW’s specialisation is in the field of what is characterised in the Netherlands as ‘precarious forms of living and residency’. BPW informs and advises actively about the legal and (socially) precarious sides of anti-squatting.  BPW also offers legal assistance, legal advice, moral and financial support for the aforementioned ‘flexbewoners’ who want to claim or defend their rights.


Date, time: 19 June 2017, 15:30 – 17:30

Location: Het Schip Museum, tower room

Fee: none


 Winnie Terra,  (winnie.terra@gmail.com)

 Evert van den Eshof , (e.vandeneshof@huurdersvereniging-amsterdam.nl)