Renting in the Netherlands

The most common option for expats is renting property in the private sector. Private rental accommodation is not subsidised and there are no pre-conditions for your eligibility. You will need a residence permit and a social security number (BSN).

Short stay

In case you haven’t found a suitable property upon arrival you can try the short stay offers in the area. During this short stay period you can get used to your new environment and find a nice house for the remaining period of your stay.
These houses are fully furnished and have flexible rental contracts. The size of these properties varies from a studio apartment to family houses and are located in the city centre and in the smaller villages.
Contact one of the service partners of the Expat Center for the possibilities and availability.

Finding permanent accommodationbord-te-huur

To help you find a rental property, we suggest you try:
– Specialised rental agencies
– Online housing sites
– Estate agents (makelaars)
– Contact one of the service partners of the Expat Center East Netherlands

In the private sector, landlords usually ask for a deposit, which is usually the equivalent of one or two months rent. As for contracts, tenancy agreements can be concluded for fixed periods of time. You should always read your tenancy agreement carefully, so ask for a copy in English. You will always sign a Dutch version however.

Housing Rights

It is important for everyone who buys or rents a home to know what their rights are. What do you do if there is a conflict with your landlord? What are your rights? Always make sure you read a tenancy agreement carefully before signing; six months into the contract, many rights may have or could soon expire. For example, it is important to check whether your rent is accurate, within the first half year.

Should anything go wrong, the Dutch law has many rules that protect your rights as a tenant. For example, a landlord cannot simply evict you from your home. If you do not reach agreement, only a court can terminate the lease.

Did You Know…
– As a tenant you have rights, regardless of what’s written in your contract/lease.
– There are rules regarding rent control, furnishing and service charges.
– Housing agencies have to abide by the rules and can be held accountable if you are being overcharged.
– So-called temporary leases are in fact often not temporary.
– You might not have to leave when your lease ends.
– You can make the landlord do the necessary maintenance.
– You cannot be evicted from your home for starting legal procedures.
– Charging a key fee (sleutelgeld) is illegal. The departing tenant or landlord may however ask you for this; do not pay.

Where to find help in the event of problems with a landlord?

In the Netherlands there is an independent organisation that deals with problems between tenants and landlords: the Rent Tribunal (huurcommissie). The Rent Tribunal can also rule on disputes between you and your landlord. For more information, please visit the website: (only available in Dutch).