Around the year 2000 half of all tenants lived in houses, the other half in flats. Within fifteen years the number of people renting a flat soared by 20% adding an extra 150,000 flats to the total. Many houses - an estimate figure is 70,000 - have been taken off the rent market.
For larger families it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a suitable terraced house or semi-detached to rent. As a result prices have gone up. Single household residences are now going for 770 euros a month on average in Flanders, 855 euros for semis. Flemish Brabant Province is the most expensive place to rent followed by Antwerp. West Flanders is the cheapest.