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Renting a house in the Netherlands

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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?

When you want to hand the property back, make an appointment for an inspection by the landlord. If the property is in a good condition, you can hand over the key and you will get your deposit back. If the landlord blames you for certain problems and you don’t agree, make sure you can prove with documents that the problem is not your fault and already existed when you took possession of the property. The checklist you filled in when you took possession can be very useful in this.

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?