Finding a place to live

Finding a suitable place to live can be challenging. Especially in a country with a competitive housing market like the Netherlands. However, understanding the key aspects of renting a home in the Netherlands can help you navigate the process more effectively.

Rent benefit

Do you rent a house? You might be eligible for rent benefit (known as ‘huurtoeslag’ in Dutch). Rent benefit is a contribution towards your rental costs. You must meet specific criteria to get rent benefit. You can apply for the rent benefit yourself.

Apply for rent benefit

The maximum rent price

As a tenant in the Netherlands, you are entitled to various rights and protections. You can rent both social and private (non-subsidised) housing in the Netherlands. Read everything about renting a house in the Netherlands on the website of the government of the Netherlands.

Maximum rent price private sector

Tenancy agreements in the private housing sector have been liberalized. The annual rent increase on the other hand is limited by law. You have the option to file a potential dispute with your landlord regarding the rent increase amount with the Rent Tribunal (known as ‘huurcommissie’ in Dutch).

Maximum rent price social housing

Housing associations are responsible among other things for letting social houses. These are houses with a rental price below the rent limit for liberalized tenancy agreements. If your tenancy agreement does not have a liberalized rent, there is a maximum for the rent payable for rented housing. You can work out the maximum rent for your home using the rent points system (known as ‘Huurprijscheck’ in Dutch).

Recurring Housing Expenses

When renting a home in the Netherlands, it is essential to consider the recurring housing expenses apart from the monthly rent. These expenses may include utilities such as:

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Internet connection
  • Municipal taxes
  • Waste disposal fees

Keep these expenses in mind when renting a house in the Netherlands.

How to deal with landlords: rights as a tenant

Landlords in the Netherland can be private individuals or housing associations. While most landlords are reputable and trustworthy, it is important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Your landlord has a legal obligation to provide a safe and habitable living environment. If you think your landlord lacks maintenance of your property, you may be able to ask the Rent Tribunal (huurcommissie) for a decision on the issue.