Finding a Rental Property

How to go about finding an apartment or house to rent in the Netherlands...

Local newspapers - and in particular the weekend editions - have advertisements of property for rent. Typically property agencies advertise in these; they are usually area specific. Usually web addresses are published, allowing fast access to the latest available apartments and housing, both furnished and unfurnished.

An agent will need a detailed brief of what is required in terms of price band, furnishing and location. They will charge a fee for their services - usually equivalent to one month's rent. Most agents speak excellent English and many offer an out of office hours service and accompanied viewings.

70 percent of Dutch agencies are registered with the Dutch Association of Estate agents (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Makelaars, NVM).

Types of Rented Accommodation

Accommodation is usually described as furnished, part-furnished or unfurnished.

  • Furnished (gemeubileerd) accommodation is typically very comprehensive with furniture and all standard appliances included
  • Part or semi-furnished (gestoffeerd) should guarantee all basic kitchen appliances as well as floor coverings and curtains
  • Unfurnished (ongemeubileerd) accommodation could be an empty shell

Under Dutch tenancy laws furnished apartments are treated similarly to hotels, which means that a tenant can be given notice to quit with very little warning. Unfurnished apartments offer the tenant more protection.

Documents Required

The prospective tenant must provide:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of means: a payslip (salarisstrook) or letter of engagement from an employer or similar. Students need only show proof of enrolment if they are entitled to Dutch study support.

Some agents and landlords will ask the employer to act as guarantor. Not all employers are prepared to do this.

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