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Living with COVID-19

Due to Covid-19, my contract has been cancelled and now I am unemployed. Am I eligible to claim [unemployment] benefits?

I’m leaving the Netherlands and I cannot visit the town hall in person. How do I de-register during the Covid-19 pandemic?

I received a letter to collect my updated residence card. I went to the office and it was closed. How can I collect the residence card during the Covid-19 pandemic?

I have recently moved to the Netherlands and I don't have a BSN number. Is it possible to have health insurance without a BSN number?

At this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, I would like to help in any way possible. Are there any volunteering opportunities?

Can you tell me if there is any financial support for freelancers due to lost income caused by Covid-19?

What should I do if my temporary lease ends due to Covid-19?

Can I be evicted if I lose my job?

Can Covid-19 be a ground for terminating a rental contract prematurely on my behalf?

In the absence of court judgments on the matter, there is no certain answer. Based on general legal considerations, it is possible to say that Covid-19 could be considered force majeure for dissolving a rental contract prematurely, but only if the pandemic, which is an unexpected event beyond human control, has made it impossible to fulfil contractual obligations such as, for example, the payment of rent.

Whether the fulfilment of contractual obligations has become impossible, and due to Covid-19, needs to be established on the circumstances of each case.

Lawyers point out that the fact that performing contractual obligations, such as paying the rent, has become more costly or difficult because of coronavirus is not reason enough to invoke force majeure.