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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?

In many cases, the utilities (gas, water and electricity) will already be available in your home and you only need to transfer them into your name. Your makelaar (real estate agent) will usually help you with transferring contracts of your new home to your name. We suggest you to bear in mind the following:

  • Note and check the meter readings when moving into another house as bills are based on the previous year’s consumption for the property. Discrepancies are corrected at the end of the year and refunds or additional bills are issued accordingly
  •  Gas and electricity are both supplied by the same provider; water is arranged separately
  • If the rent is inclusive, check your contract carefully for what is covered

Should you need to set up a account see below the pre-requisites:

  • A passport or ID card (proof of identity)
  • Proof of occupancy (rental contract, house deeds)
  • A bank statement or proof of residence available from the municipality’s personal records database (Basisregistratie Persoonsgegevens (BRP))

Please note that he Dutch energy market is privatised, thus enabling you to choose or change your supplier. Regulatory authorities ensure fair practices and tariffs.

Products, tariffs and services may vary from company to company. Should you decide to change company, remember to check and be aware of the conditions for cancelling a contract or switching providers. Here some tips for choosing a service provider:

  • Check the term of your contract to know when you can switch for free. If you want to switch immediately check the cost of doing it before the term in the contract ends
  • Check what you’re paying for electricity and gas as opposed to what you consume
  • Compare the prices and contracts of various energy companies
  • Determine whether you want the contract for a definite period or indefinite
  • Check whether you want grey or green energy
  • Check whether you have a fixed price or variable price to pay
  • Keep an eye on special promotions or discounts
  • Check the terms and conditions of the contract carefully
  • Check whether there are any hidden costs, for example, energy tax, standing charges and transportation costs
  • Check the payment options, for example what is the cost of paying by giro

Useful links

  • Find out which water company is covering your area at (enter your postcode on the top-right box ‘Zoek uw waterbedrijf’)
  • Compare energy suppliers in the Netherlands on  comparison sites such as (Dutch only) , (Dutch only)  and (Dutch only)
  • To know more about how to connect to all utilities and billing-related queries check Expatica on

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?