Useful tips for renters in the Netherlands
Numerous foreign nationals relocate to the Netherlands to work for multinational corporations headquartered in the Netherlands and in the numerous diplomatic institutions spread around the nation. Students also swarm to the nation for its top-notch colleges and laid-back, liberal way of life. In the Netherlands, wherever you are, there's a good chance you'll be welcomed into a lively, mixed-citizenship of locals and visitors.
However, make sure you pay attention to these tips before you start renting:
- When searching for a property to rent, keep in mind that demand for desirable properties might be high, particularly in major cities. Therefore, it is a good idea to cast a wide net, think about a variety of locations, and be prepared to sign when you find a property you like.
- Request an inventory from the landlord, and keep it secure until you need to move out. You might need to refer to it to settle a disagreement.
- For details on restrictions on things like dogs, smoking, and having visitors stay, see your rent agreement. If you break any of these regulations, you run the risk of losing some or all of your deposit.
- If at all feasible, read the utilities' meters (gas, water, and electric) when you move in and out to avoid paying for time that you weren't using them.
- Check your lease for any extra costs. The lease must expressly state any additional fees the landlord intends to levy in order to be legally binding. If it's not specified in the contract, don't give any more money.
- Check to see if you qualify for the housing allowance if you are concerned about the expense of rent (huurtoeslag).