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Renting a house in the Netherlands

How can I avoid scams when looking for a rental property?

What are the standard practices for renting via a makelaar (real estate agent)?

What is the process of finalising the deal while renting a property?

I have rented a house and some repairs are needed. Who is responsible for this: the landlord or I?

How about taking possession?

What should I do when I want to hand the property back to the landlord?

I have some issues and contract disputes with my landlord on the room/house that I am renting. Can ACCESS provide me with some legal advice or is there a legal authority that I can go to or consult regarding these issues?

I have signed my rental contract but I realise only now that some things in the contract are not fair. What can I do about it?

The contract is in my partner’s name and she/he is leaving the Netherlands. May I continue living in the house?

How can I get water, electricity and gas connections?

How can I get connected to telephone, Internet and TV?

Are there any special rules for collecting household waste?

My landlord doesn’t maintain the house properly. What can I do?

Are there any rules about the amount of rent I have to pay?

The Dutch government has set rules for the maximum rent for social housing and  mid-range rental property.

Your home gets points. For:

  • the surface area of ​​the house;
  • the size of the kitchen;
  • if you have a shower or a bathtub ;
  • which rooms can be heated and/or cooled
  • energy efficiency (energy performance);
  • the WOZ value. That is the value of your home for taxation purposes. The municipality determines that value every year.

The total number of points determines the maximum rent of your social or mid-rent home  (Dutch only). The more points, the higher the rent.