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)?
Am I required to pay a commission fee?
What is the process of finalising the deal while renting a property?
How about taking possession?
I have rented a house and some repairs are needed. Who is responsible for this: the landlord or I?
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?
In the Netherlands, telephone, Internet and TV are available digitally and/or via cable. Many providers offer bundles of all three services. It is important to bear in mind the length of your stay and your location, as not all providers have a complete country network. Satellite television is also an option, but you need to fix a satellite dish in the right direction and there are regulations covering this
To check which provider is active in your area, fill in your post code at www.nlconnect.org. If you prefer it you can drop in to providers or telephone shops which can help you to choose and arrange the most suitable package for Internet, TV and landline.
For both landline and mobile telephone, there are several providers offering subscriptions. For mobile phones, you can also choose for a prepaid option instead of a subscription but they are usually more expensive. Top-up cards can be bought at most telephone stores and supermarkets. It is also possible to top up your prepaid credit via the Internet and by phone. Nowadays, if you have a subscription with a mobile company in an EU country you can use internet and phone calls at the usual rates. Using your roaming phone may not be as convenient for your friends as they may pay additional fees when calling/texting you.
It is advisable to compare price, quality and always read the small print. You can compare tariffs and conditions at the following websites:
- For All-in-1 bundles & Internet+phone subscriptions visit: Breedbandwinkel.nl/expats (in Dutch only) or Aaanbiedercheck.nl/en
- For a comparison of prices of different providers visit: Bellen.com (in Dutch only)
For your information 0800 numbers are toll free; 0900 numbers are charged (per call or minute).