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House rental guide in the Netherlands. Of course, the first thing you need to do after it is announced that you will come to the Netherlands is to find a house to lay your head in. Unfortunately, renting a house in the Netherlands is a bleeding wound. Because there is an imbalance of supply and demand. In fact, this problem has become even greater in big cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. We will try to give you all the information you need and need to know about renting a house in the Netherlands Home Rental Guide.

House rental guide in the Netherlands

Social Home

About 75% of rental homes in the Netherlands are social homes. These houses are affiliated with housing associations called Housing Associations. A government-supported option for people with insufficient income, which lowers housing costs for them. Every year, associations have to allocate 80% of the houses they own to families with an annual income of up to €39,055, 10% to families with an annual income of €39,055 and €43,574, and the remaining 10% to families with an annual income of more than €43,574. . The state sets an upper limit for the rent of these houses every year. For 2020, this limit is 737.14€.

There is a long waiting list for social housing. If you come as an expat, you have very little chance in these houses. Because you’re probably over the salary cap.

To benefit from these houses:

– First of all, you need to register with one of the housing associations in the region where you want to keep the house.

– After registering with this association, the association will issue a residence permit for you. The purpose of this permit is to prevent people who do not need it from renting a social home. Your income must be within the limits set for that year.

– The next thing is to wait. As we said, the waiting lists are quite long. We even heard it was 15 years in Amsterdam.

Free market

All houses other than social houses are considered as free markets. You can rent them through real estate agents or directly with the landlords. Most of the houses are in the hands of real estate agents. Landlords can be companies in some cases. A company can allocate 100 flats of its construction project to rent and operate them. In this case, you can rent through the application sites determined by the company.

House Types

The houses are divided into 3 according to the condition of the goods. The amount may vary depending on the type of house and the condition of the furniture in the house. Of course, a furnished house means an increase in the responsibilities of the tenant.

Unfurnished (Unfurnished, Ongemeubileerd )

In the Netherlands, unfurnished houses have a very strange situation. If a house is unfurnished, it may not only be the furniture we know, but also the floor covering, kitchen cabinets, carpet, some electrical items. Especially seeing a house without a floor can be quite interesting for many of us.

Therefore, when looking at the house, it is useful to check if there are floors, curtains, etc. in the house. Because these will come back to you as an extra expense.

Another issue is that when you leave the house, you leave the house as you found it. So, if you have the floor covering done yourself, you can either remove it when you leave or sell it to a new tenant.

Semi-furnished, sofa furnished, Gestoffeerd )

In semi-furnished houses, there may be floor coverings, curtains, white goods in the kitchen and even a washer/dryer. These houses are the first choice for us. Because it is the floor, it is the curtain, you do not have to deal with it. Of course, the rent is slightly higher than in a completely unfurnished house. It can vary between 50-200 € depending on the house. The larger the house, the higher the price.

Along with the rental agreement, there is a list of the items in the house. This list is passed with the real estate agent or the landlord and it is agreed that the goods are without any problems. When leaving the house, a check is made on this list again.

Furnished (Furnished, Gemeubileerd )

Furnished houses have all the basic items that should be in a house. Such as white goods, crockery and furniture in the kitchen.

There is also a list of items here. When you first keep the house and when you leave the house, this list is checked.

While seeing the house, it is useful to ask what will stay in the house and what will not.

Bills

Electricity, natural gas and water bills are sometimes included in the rent. It is very important to pay attention to this. You can think of the average invoice amount as 200€ per month. Of course, there is no upper limit to this.

Things to consider when looking at rental ads

– If invoices are included, including service costs or inclusief servicekosten will be written. Sometimes incl. g/w/e/ (g: natural gas, w: water, e: electricity)

– If invoices are not included, excluding service costs or inclusief servicekosten will be written. Sometimes excl. g/w/e/ (g: natural gas, w: water, e: electricity)

The billing system in the Netherlands is slightly different. At the beginning of the year, you make an agreement with the infrastructure companies according to your estimated expenditure and pay a fixed amount every month (for electricity, water and natural gas). I’m new to the country, don’t be afraid to guess how. When you answer some questions such as the address of the house you will rent and the number of residents, they automatically calculate. At the end of the year, there is an additional invoice if you paid less, or a refund if you overpaid. The same is true if bills are included in the rent. So you pay a fixed amount to the landlord every month. The landlord sends you the invoices and the account at the end of the year. If you overpaid, you can get your money back. If you pay less, you pay the difference.

The Most Used Websites to Find a Home

Now that you have mastered the general terms, you can start your home search. Below we list a few sites that are frequently used to find a rental home. We even linked the English versions for convenience.

Pararius and Funda are the most used websites. We’ve also added a few alternatives.

pararius.com

funda.nl

directwonen.nl

https://www.huurwoningen.nl

https://www.dutchhousing.nl/en/home (Especially for Amsterdam)

https://housingonline.nl/en/properties/ (for Amsterdam and surroundings)

Realtor Subject

Many rental homes are rented by real estate agents. The real estate agent profile in the Netherlands is quite different from that in your country. They have ultra luxury cars under them. They are very stylishly dressed. We warn you in advance so that you are not surprised when you see it.

In general, the landlord pays the real estate agent costs in rental works, but in some cases, a commission can be taken from the tenant. Therefore, it is useful to ask this in the first place.

Seeing the Houses

Let’s say there are a few houses that you catch your eye on from the sites we mentioned above. The first thing you need to do is to request an appointment through the website. Here, you will send the request after entering your information and entering the details such as which day you prefer to see the house. They will get back to you to set up an appointment by email or phone. If the house is rented directly from the owner, this communication will be with the landlord. But the option to rent by owner is almost non-existent.

You will meet at home on the agreed day and time. If there is a real estate agent in between, you can see the house with the real estate agent and shower him with questions.

What is Required to Rent a House?

In order to rent a house in the Netherlands, you have to go through some stages and deliver some documents to the real estate agent/landlord.

– Residence permit. It is not possible for you to take any official action in the Netherlands without it.

– There may be people who like the house you like and want to rent it. In this case, the landlord has to make a choice. You may be asked for a motivation letter just as you would with a job application. Especially in cities where large and rented houses are scrambled, there may be more than one candidate who wants to rent a house. In this case, the landlord has to make a choice among these candidates. It is very important at this point to deliver the requested documents on time and completely. We were able to rent our house thanks to someone who could not deliver their documents. Another tip is to give a little more than the requested rent amount, which can make you stand out among other candidates.

– Proof that you can pay the rent. If it is your first home in the Netherlands, you can usually ask for an employment contract proving your salary. At the same time, the duration of your contract with the place where you work can also be effective in the decision process.

– We read that in some places BSN (you can think of it as an ID number here) is requested. However, BSN is taken with an application to the municipality when your address in the Netherlands is determined. So you cannot receive without an address in the Netherlands. The house can be rented just fine without BSN.

– After submitting the documents and the landlord’s approval, it’s up to the signing of the lease. But you can guess that all documents are in Dutch. Therefore, you can request an English contract to be sent. However, in many cases this may not be possible. You can ask for help from your colleagues, acquaintances, company HR. This is how we did it.

In some cases, the landlord may request extra documents. Don’t think that what’s left is the document we haven’t given yet. They asked us for our bank statement for the last 6 months in our country.

Extra Costs

There will be some extra costs when renting the house. The biggest item of these is the deposit. It is usually taken as 2 rentals. So when you first enter the house, set yourself up to pay that month’s rent plus 2 rent deposits.

Apart from that, the real estate agent cost we mentioned above, if you are buying a completely unfurnished house, expenses such as flooring, kitchen cabinets, which are strange for us but quite ordinary for the Netherlands, may come to the fore.

Rental Assistance

Rent support (huur toeslag) can be obtained from the state both for social housing and at the same time. Here are the conditions for this:

– be over 18 years old

– Have a Dutch residence permit

– Income less than a certain limit (We detail below)

– Being a self-sufficient house (must have room, bathroom, kitchen)

– The value of the house does not exceed a certain limit

– The rental amount is not above a certain amount

– If invoices are not included, it will be written as excluding service hosts or exclusive servicekosten. Sometimes excl. g/w/e/ (g: natural gas, w: water, e: electricity)

Rent Increase

The landlord determines the rent increase. The contract states the increase for the first year. A new rate is set for the following years. However, if you find it high, you can negotiate with the landlord. If the dispute continues, it is necessary to apply to the Huurcommisie, which we mentioned below.

Room Rental

It is also possible to rent a room in the Netherlands. For this, we leave the most used site below.

https://kamernet.nl/en

Notice period

Unless otherwise stated in the contract, the notice period is 1 month. In other words, if you are going to leave the house, you must notify your landlord at least 1 month in advance. If there is a real estate agent in between, you can also let him know.

Disputes

There is an institution called Huurcommisie that can settle most disputes without going to court if there is any dispute with the landlord. You can apply here for any dispute. If you have an objection to the decision of this institution, the last resort is to take it to court.

Insurances for Rental Houses

We will also touch on the subject of insurance in the Netherlands. There is insurance for everything you can think of, but it is worth mentioning the insurances related to this issue. These insurances are not very expensive, but they save you big expenses.

Property Insurance (Homehold Contents Insurance / Inboedelverzekering )

This insurance is an insurance against any damage to the belongings in the house in events such as fire, flood, theft. Not compulsory but one of the most popular insurances in the Netherlands. If you have a furnished home, the landlord may require this insurance. In this case, insurance is included as a clause in the contract. For us, it was mandatory.

Liability Insurance

Yes, the Dutch name is too long. Don’t let this scare you 🙂 This insurance is actually a comprehensive insurance. The part that concerns the house protects you if you, your child or your pet accidentally damage anything in the house (it is very important that there is no intention here).

We hope that our article will be useful for you and you can find the house you want. Good luck to you in this process!

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Criticism and resignations after sexist speeches by a university student association in Amsterdam

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The president resigned after three members of the governing body at a caucus party called women “whores” and “semen buckets”.

Sexist speeches at the party organized by the Netherlands’ largest university association (ASC/AVSV ) on July 24, in its Dutch abbreviation), caused a wave of criticism on a national scale. Three male students from the board of directors made misogynistic comments: “If I think she’s going to the NDSM pier [a cultural space in Amsterdam] on Sunday, July 24 in her best dress, then she’s one of them…” . The response from the all-male room was: “Bitch.” In another commentary, women are said to have “semen cubes”, and one speaker even offered to “break their necks to penetrate them”. In light of the facts, the chairman of the group and the trio responsible for these parliaments resigned. The university rectorate will not renew the grant for this association for the time being and 270 students have written rejection letters.

What happens in university associations, in particular the hazing to which new members are subjected every year, does not usually transcend. There is an unwritten law of silence, but this time a video of the celebration has been leaked. In it, you can see the boys, some of them very young, chanting the harangues of their classmates from more advanced courses several times to the cry of “whores”. The celebration took place in separate rooms, for boys and girls, although the rest of the year there are usually joint activities. Some guests left the room at the tone of the speakers. The journalist and feminist Milou Deelen, who was not there, criticizes that those who make these comments “think they are funny, when they are terrible,” the 26-year-old says on the phone.

Adds Deelen: “These guys tease each other because, in the end, they just think it’s great to be able to have sex with as many girls as possible. Saying those things gives them a dangerous sense of power.” Six years ago, she herself was part of Vindicat, a student association at the Dutch University of Groningen. At one point in her studies, Ella Deelen was insulted with a denigrating song sung by her own classmates, and she responded by denouncing the misogyny of her former group. She recorded a video for it where she claimed her sexual freedom, thus showing the double standards that she applied to her. It was the same freedom enjoyed by the boys around her without anyone insulting them.

The association has not responded to calls from El PAÍS, whose president, Heleen Vos, resigned last Thursday. As she has said, “there are members who are opposed to things changing, and much remains to be done.” Shortly before her departure, she had called for “the campaign of intimidation and threats now suffered by the people involved” to stop. Profiles of the three student members of the board circulate on social networks with their pixelated faces and insulting messages. For their part, in their letter, the 270 signatories assure that they are “fed up with this sexism.” “This is not a joke. We have no words to describe what it means for us to be presented in such a disrespectful way at our own dinner and celebration, “adds the note.

Milou Deelen ‘s personal campaign went viral six years ago, and she regrets that things remain the same. She says that it is very difficult to imagine that these male students would want to say something like that, “after the #MeToo phenomenon, when feminism is on the political agenda, and with a recent sexual harassment scandal in the Netherlands, in the music competition The Voice [ The Voice]”. The three students from Amsterdam who have submitted their resignations were at the end of their university cycle, and Deelen finds it “very dangerous that they could hold important and powerful jobs in the future”. “As far as I know, they are no longer active on the board, although they are still members of the society. They wrote their speeches and I think they should be kicked out. If not, things will stay the same,” he asserts.

The student who leaked the images prefers to remain anonymous, and the video was published on Dumpert, a digital platform owned by Mediahuis, a private communication company with assets in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg. The Dutch media have then collected excerpts in their editions. Another video of a show contracted by the same association has also been leaked, where two half-naked women hit the faces of some men on stage with their butts. It was witnessed by hundreds of ASC/AVSV members.

Founded in 1851, ASC/AVSV has 2,700 active members, and Femke Halsema, mayor of the Dutch capital, has also raised her voice calling the rants “incitement to violence against women”. At the moment, she is investigating the possibility of temporarily withdrawing the association’s license. Last year, it no longer received the corresponding contribution, sent by the rectorate, to carry out its activities. Then it was because of the violence of the hazing endured by the new applicants: there were blows, kicks and slaps, and “a change of tone” was announced that has not occurred.

The University of Amsterdam, the Free University (VU) – also in the Dutch capital – and the polytechnic (Hogeschool) have shown their rejection of what happened. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is among the potential employers of these students, has asked the association to remove the institution’s logo “immediately from its website.” And the Heineken brewery, one of the sponsors of the party, has distanced itself from the sexist speeches.

Adds Deelen: “These guys tease each other because, in the end, they just think it’s great to be able to have sex with as many girls as possible. Saying those things gives them a dangerous sense of power.” Six years ago, she herself was part of Vindicat, a student association at the Dutch University of Groningen. At one point in her studies, Ella Deelen was insulted with a denigrating song sung by her own classmates, and she responded by denouncing the misogyny of her former group. She recorded a video for it where she claimed her sexual freedom, thus showing the double standards that she applied to her. It was the same freedom enjoyed by the boys around her without anyone insulting them.

The association has not responded to calls from El PAÍS, whose president, Heleen Vos, resigned last Thursday. As she has said, “there are members who are opposed to things changing, and much remains to be done.” Shortly before her departure, she had called for “the campaign of intimidation and threats now suffered by the people involved” to stop. Profiles of the three student members of the board circulate on social networks with their pixelated faces and insulting messages. For their part, in their letter, the 270 signatories assure that they are “fed up with this sexism.” “This is not a joke. We have no words to describe what it means for us to be presented in such a disrespectful way at our own dinner and celebration, “adds the note.

Milou Deelen ‘s personal campaign went viral six years ago, and she regrets that things remain the same. She says that it is very difficult to imagine that these male students would want to say something like that, “after the #MeToo phenomenon, when feminism is on the political agenda, and with a recent sexual harassment scandal in the Netherlands, in the music competition The Voice [ The Voice]”. The three students from Amsterdam who have submitted their resignations were at the end of their university cycle, and Deelen finds it “very dangerous that they could hold important and powerful jobs in the future”. “As far as I know, they are no longer active on the board, although they are still members of the society. They wrote their speeches and I think they should be kicked out. If not, things will stay the same,” he asserts.

The student who leaked the images prefers to remain anonymous, and the video was published on Dumpert, a digital platform owned by Mediahuis, a private communication company with assets in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg. The Dutch media have then collected excerpts in their editions. Another video of a show contracted by the same association has also been leaked, where two half-naked women hit the faces of some men on stage with their butts. It was witnessed by hundreds of ASC/AVSV members.

Founded in 1851, ASC/AVSV has 2,700 active members, and Femke Halsema, mayor of the Dutch capital, has also raised her voice calling the rants “incitement to violence against women”. At the moment, she is investigating the possibility of temporarily withdrawing the association’s license. Last year, it no longer received the corresponding contribution, sent by the rectorate, to carry out its activities. Then it was because of the violence of the hazing endured by the new applicants: there were blows, kicks and slaps, and “a change of tone” was announced that has not occurred.

 

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Amalia de Orange has broken tradition and will not join the University of Amsterdam student association accused of sexism

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The heir to the Dutch throne makes a “personal” decision to distance himself from a group criticized nationwide for misogyny.

Princess Amalia of Orange , 18, has decided not to join the Amsterdam University Student Association (ASC/AVSV, in its Dutch acronym) for the time being, thus breaking a family tradition with this type of brotherhood that goes back to his great-grandmother, Queen Juliana. The heiress to the throne of the Netherlands will study in the Dutch capital from next September and this is the group that would correspond to her. However, she has made the decision after the sexist speeches made during a party held last July by its members generated a wave of criticism on a national scale. The information service of the royal house (RVD) has confirmed Princess Amalia’s decision to public television, and has described it as “personal”.

The ASC/AVSV association, to which in addition to the students of the University of Amsterdam those of the Free University (VU) —also in the Dutch capital— and those of the polytechnic (Hoge school) can sign up, already lost last year the subsidy it receives from the rectorate to carry out its activities.

So, it was due to the violence of the hazing to which the new partners are subjected. This course, the initiation rituals have been suspended. Scandals due to humiliating treatment in an educational center are also a problem in other countries and for other European royalty. This is the case of the crown princes of Denmark, Federico and Mary, who last June announced that they have decided to change schools for their 16-year-old eldest son, Christian. The young prince will no longer study at the Herlufsholm boarding school, an official report uncovers cases of bullying and harassment. Located about 90 kilometers from Copenhagen, and with a good reputation to date, both brothers will now attend other schools.

In the biography on the Dutch princess Amalia, which appeared in 2021, its author, Claudia de Breij, pointed out that the young woman hoped to enjoy the full experience of the university stage. She wanted to “belong to a student association and live in a house with other students”, as she said. 

Her current resignation shows, however, that she is attentive to what is happening in Dutch society, since becoming a member of these groups is not mandatory. In the case of ASD/AVSV, both the president of the board and three of its male members resigned as soon as misogynistic comments made during the party held on July 24 came to light. That day, the three now-separated students said, among other things, that “women are buckets of semen.” It was also proposed to “break their necks to penetrate them”, and they were called “whores”, in chorus, during a meal. The leaking of a video of the celebration generated a wave of criticism, and 270 students published a letter of rejection.

Amalia de Orange is diligent and passed secondary school with an average grade of 8. Technically, she obtained a diploma cum laude . She at the University of Amsterdam will pursue a three-year degree (Bachelor) in Politics, Economics, Law and Psychology., which requires a selection process. In her family, membership in student associations goes back to her great-grandmother, Queen Juliana, followed by her grandmother, Queen Beatrix. 

Her father, King William, now on the throne, also did, although it was not his intention. According to Peter Rehwinkel, an expert on constitutional law, when William of the Netherlands was crown prince, he “would have preferred not to join a university brotherhood.” “He didn’t want to study at Leiden University either, where future sovereigns used to do it, but he ended up doing both,” Rehwinkel told Dutch television.

As for the place chosen to live, Amalia wanted to reside with other university classmates, although she knew that in her case security measures had to be taken into account. Right now, the shortage of student rooms across the countryit is notorious and the educational centers themselves advise those enrolled to postpone their studies, or even cancel their enrollment, if they do not find accommodation before the start of the course. 

Amalia de Orange will not have these problems. As indicated on her Twitter account by Rick Evers, information expert of the Dutch royal house, the princess will live in a house next to the canals of Amsterdam that is owned by some friends of her parents, the kings Guillermo and Máxima. . At the end of May, RVD spokesmen stated that the space chosen during this stage would be rented to its owners.

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More than 100 detained in farmer protests in the Netherlands

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Dutch police announced that more than 100 farmers were detained due to the events in the farmer protests.

In a written statement made by the police, the figures of detention and fines in the farmer protests held since July 22 were announced.

In the statement, which stated that the detentions and penalties made in the said events were not calculated separately, it was reported that the estimated number of detentions was more than 100 and that most of these people were under the age of 30.

The reasons for their detention were given as blocking the roads, throwing dung and garbage on the roads, and burning straw bales.

It was also noted that more than 700 fines were issued, 186 for slowing traffic and 212 for stopping traffic.

Thousands of farms are predicted to close

In the Netherlands, since July, farmers protesting the government’s protests against nitrogen emissions have blocked roads, blocked food centers and spilled dung and hay on the roads.

The farmers, who opposed the government’s decision to reduce the number of cows on the grounds that it caused large nitrogen emissions, held the largest demonstration to date in the city of Stroe on June 22.

The government has set targets to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50 percent in most regions of the country, and 70 and 95 percent in some regions, by 2030, after domestic courts’ infringement decisions on the grounds that they fell short of climate change targets.

According to data based on the Dutch Ministry of Finance, 11,200 farms are expected to be closed by 2030 due to targets to reduce nitrogen emissions in the country.

17,600 farms are expected to reduce the number of available animals by more than a third.

The first meeting between government officials and farmers’ representatives was held on 5 August.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other cabinet members also took part in the meeting, which took place in the city of Utrecht, mediated by Johan Remkes, former deputy of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

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