Six things to know about renting in the Netherlands

19 Oct 2017 | Six things to know about renting in the Netherlands

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If you’re new to the Netherlands, or maybe just looking to find a new place to live, you should know your rights when it comes to Dutch tenancy law. Tenancy laws differ greatly from country to country, so what is common in your home country may not be the rule here.


Here are the top six things you should know:

  1. Intermediary fees are paid to the intermediary or real estate agent (in Dutch: makelaar). These fees are only permissible if the intermediary agent is requested to and has performed services on behalf of the renter.

  2. In July 2016, the legislation governing temporary leases was changed. A landlord may offer one temporary lease of two years or less. After that the lease becomes indefinite. Should the landlord want to terminate the lease, they must notify the tenant at least one month but no longer than three months before the end date in the lease.

  3. Rents which are above €710.68 per month are considered above the liberalization law and thus protective rent-regulations do not apply. However, also in case of a liberalized contract, the tenant may request the rental assessment committee to check if a rent is reasonable. Further, increases in the rent are only allowed once per year, regardless of how much it is, and must be agreed upon in the contract.

  4. If you, as a renter, want to make any (significant) alterations to the property, you must get permission from your landlord, unless the intended alterations can easily be removed after termination of the tenancy agreement.

  5. Tenants are obliged to make small repairs on the premises. These include (but aren’t limited to): painting, repairing doorknobs, replacing lightbulbs and making keys.

  6. If something about the property becomes damaged which reduces the enjoyment of the property, the landlord is obligated to make repairs, unless it is a small repair (discussed in number five above) or the damage is the fault of the tenant. Should the landlord refuse, you can take legal action.

Check your lease thoroughly before you sign to make sure that the contract is in line with Dutch rental law. And if you’re having an issue with either your landlord or your tenants, get in touch with one of our specialized lawyers.

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