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House rental guide in the Netherlands



House rental guide in the Netherlands

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.


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. (Especially for Amsterdam) (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.

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.


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.


The minimum wage in the Netherlands for 2023 has been announced



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In the Netherlands, the government increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent for the first time since 1969. In 2023, the minimum minimum wage was increased to 1934 euros.

The energy crisis and the cost of living that came after the days of the pandemic affected the citizens and especially the employees very badly this year. The government announced a new support package for low-income people in its 2023 budget, which it announced recently.

The cabinet, which tries to provide support in certain areas to increase the purchasing power of the citizens, announced the minimum amount of minimum wage to be applied for 2023.

For the first time since the six-month hike of 8.05 percent in 1969, the cabinet has increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent as a semi-annual increase. However, the gross minimum wage of 1,756.20 euros, valid in the second half of 2022, was increased to 1,934.40 euros as of January 1, 2023.

As of January 1, 2023, the legal gross minimum wage for full-time workers aged 21 and over will be:
Monthly: € 1,934,40
Weekly: € 446.40
Daily: € 89.28

The 10.15 percent increase to be applied to the minimum wage will also be reflected in all other allowances and aids such as AOW, social assistance and Wajong. As a result, the minimum wage increase will also have positive effects on the incomes of social assistance recipients and retirees.

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Canadian pop star Kris Wu jailed for sexual misconduct



Canadian pop star Kris Wu jailed for sexual misconduct

Chinese-born Canadian singer Kris Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping three women in November and December 2020.

A year after the arrest of pop singer Kris Wu by a Beijing court in the Chinese capital, Beijing, he was found guilty of crimes, including sexual abuse, and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

According to The Guardian, the Beijing court ruled that the Chinese-born singer sexually abused three women in November and December 2020.

“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunk women in his home,” the court said on its official WeChat account.

Wu was detained in Beijing on July 31, 2021, after an 18-year-old Chinese student accused him and other girls, some of them under 18, of inciting to have sex with him.

The student told the media at the time that Wu tried to persuade her to have sex after she was 17-years-old with alcohol.

The court also found Wu guilty of gathering crowds to have sexual intercourse in July 2018.

The tax office said Wu was ordered to pay around 600 million yuan for the crimes of “hiding personal income, tax evasion, as well as underpaying taxes”.

The court announced that Wu would be deported, but lawyers in China said such deportations usually take place after the sentence has been served.

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90% of hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of loss by 2023



90 of hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of loss by 2023

It was stated that 90 percent of the hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of making a loss in the next year due to the high inflation and the increase in personnel and energy costs.

In the news published in the local media, it was stated that the Dutch Hospitals Association (NVZ) had the Finance Ideas Institution conduct research in 56 hospitals in the country.

In the news, it was stated that 90 percent of hospitals are at risk of loss in the next year due to high inflation in the country and the increase in personnel and energy costs.

In the news, it was reported that hospitals were not allowed to increase health service fees in order to generate more income in order to meet the increasing energy and wage costs.

It was reported that NVZ President Ad Melkert evaluated the result of the research as “disturbing”, and pointed out that health insurance companies have not yet approached this and that time is running out.

“Hospitals now need all the resources to invest in the best care for their patients, good working conditions for healthcare professionals and the implementation of the recently signed Integrated Care Agreement,” Melkert said in the news. statements were also included.

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NS offers up to 75% discount on trains from the Netherlands to Belgium



NS offers up to 75 discount on trains from the Netherlands to Belgium

Are you planning to go on a winter vacation? You are lucky; because on this Legendary Friday, NS International is offering a huge discount of up to 75% on train tickets to and from Belgium.

Tickets are sold online at ( where you need to book directly.

Discounted train tickets to Belgium must be purchased between 25 – 28 November.

The campaign is valid for the travel period between 2 December 2022 and 28 February 2023.

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The Netherlands will make a worldwide apology for its history of slavery.



The Netherlands will make a worldwide apology for its history of slavery.

The Dutch government will formally apologize for the country’s history of slavery at 8 separate locations around the world on Monday, December 19th.

Instead of paying compensation for slavery, the government will allocate 200m euros to raise awareness on this issue.

This development, announced by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS, was also confirmed by government sources in The Hague.

Seven government ministers will travel to the former Dutch colony of Suriname and the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten on December 19.

Dutch ministers will here make a formal apology on behalf of the state for the country’s history of slavery.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also make an apology in The Hague on the same day.

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The weather will get colder next week in the Netherlands



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According to the Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), after a weekend of mild weather, the Netherlands will be affected by lower temperatures from the second half of next week. Temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees from Wednesday.

On Friday and Saturday, light showers are expected in the east, with a mixture of clouds and sun. Temperatures will be 11 degrees on Friday and 9 degrees on Saturday.

Although the week will start with rain, drier weather is expected from Tuesday.

“As the week progresses, the effectiveness of cold weather will gradually increase,” KNMI said. Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be between 5 and 9 degrees. Next week will see cooler weather as temperatures drop below normal towards Saturday.

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Strict supervision of energy companies is required in the Netherlands



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Consumers and Markets Authority wants strict monitoring of energy companies

The Consumers and Markets Authority has demanded that power companies be given stricter monitoring powers, saying rules for energy companies need to become much stricter to avoid new problems in the future.

Chairman of the Board Martijn Snoep says that the current problems in energy companies are not over yet and that adequate supervision is not provided by the current rules. “We can’t do the things we want to do, so we don’t control enough. The current laws were designed at a time when there was enough gas in the Netherlands, when there was no climate problem yet. So the system needs a fundamental overhaul,” Snoep told the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.

Insufficient control

Last year, several energy companies went bankrupt after the gas price skyrocketed. According to the regulator, the problems could not be avoided under the current rules. That’s why chairman Snoep advocates subjecting more than 60 energy companies to rules similar to those that banks currently have to deal with. Snoep thinks this will significantly reduce the risk of bankruptcy.

In addition to these, the Consumers and Markets Authority wants a guarantee fund to be established in case companies go bankrupt. According to Snoep, consumers can receive support from this fund for energy cost expenditures that change from day to day, as was the case with Welkom Energie customers last year.

Health insurance should be taken as an example

Snoep also wants the range of energy companies to be simpler and easier for consumers to compare. As with health insurance, demands are to have a fixed period during which consumers can switch from one supplier to another.

Currently, energy companies have difficulty in offering permanent contracts due to the great uncertainty in the energy market. Dutch Climate Minister Jetten announced that they are working on the possibility of determining by law that energy companies should offer permanent contracts.

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Netherlands to invest 50 million euros in bike lanes



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Recent research shows that accident-related casualties among cyclists will increase in the coming years if no action is taken by the Dutch government.

As more and more Dutch and foreign bikers cycle along the lanes, accidents are also becoming inevitable. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Harbers, has a plan to prevent further loss of life.

Minister Harbers announced that 50 million euros will be invested in bike lanes to improve bike safety for groups more prone to accidents.

These investments are expected to be aimed at preventing accidents that occur especially in the places where the elderly live and in sports and school environments.

Older people are one of the most cycling groups in the Netherlands, but they are at higher risk of being seriously injured in these accidents. This is why it becomes even more important to provide them with extra protection.

Similarly, it is common in the Netherlands to see children growing up on bicycles. This means that children, as well as the elderly, should be considered at the forefront of measures against bicycle accidents. According to studies, about 1 in 5 cyclists who visited the emergency room after an accident was younger than 17 years old.

In addition, more than 80% of serious bicycle accidents in 2019 are related to a motor vehicle. Therefore, great steps need to be taken in this area as well.

Cycle lanes are getting more crowded as more people enjoy cycling in the Netherlands. Naturally, the tendency for accidents to occur with different vehicles traveling at different speeds is also growing.

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Energy prices will rise in the Netherlands in 2024



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Energy prices in the Netherlands are expected to rise in 2024.

According to the homeowners association VEH, the average gas and electricity bill will increase by around 2,500 euros in 2024.

VEH director Cindy Kremer calculated to Telegraaf that the spike will rise sharply once the Dutch Government stops stabilizing energy prices.

This month and next month in the Netherlands, many households will receive 190 euros per month from the government due to high energy costs. The government temporarily reduced VAT on gas and electricity from 21 percent to 9 percent. Next year, a price cap on average energy consumption will continue to apply.

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900,000 people could not find a home in the Netherlands last year



900000 people could not find a home in the Netherlands last year

It was announced last year that nearly 900,000 people in the Netherlands said they wanted to move but could not find a home.

According to the Dutch Housing Survey conducted by the Netherlands Statistical Institute for 3 years, 900,000 people could not find a place to move in 2021. It was announced that this figure was 400,000 in 2015.

While the percentage rate of this figure was 3 in 2015, it increased to over 6 percent in 2021. The number of people who wanted to move but could not move due to housing shortages more than doubled.

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