In the first couple of months in 2019, the rental prices in the free sector have gone up further. These numbers were published by rental platform Pararius. The price per square meter went up with an average of 4,9 percent in the first quarter of 2019; tenants pay now an average of €16,33 per month per square meter. In the smaller areas around the big cities, the rental prices have gone up even harder. The increase was higher in places like Haarlem, Schiedam and Almere than in Amsterdam and Rotterdam itself. Pararius indicates that the growth of the population is high in the smaller areas, but the building of new houses stays behind. This is an explanation for the increase in rental prices in the free sector.