Frequently Asked Questions
Question and answer
The tenant’s rights are strongly protected by law in the Netherlands against cancellation of the rental agreement by the landlord. The landlord can only cancel the rental in the following situations that are described in the law:
-the landlord for urgent reasons needs the rented property for his own use;
-parties have agreed on a contract for a definite period, whereby it has been agreed that the
Tenant: The tenant who wants to cancel the rent has a notice period of one calendar month, assuming that the rent is paid per month. It is not possible to deviate from this by contract.
Landlord: The landlord can only do so based on sound reasons and by a registered letter or a bailiff’s report. The landlord has to observe a notice period of at least three months. In addition, 1 month is added to this period for each year that the tenant has lived in the rented property, with a maximum of a total of six months.
-Lease for an indefinite period;
-Fixed-term lease with a maximum duration of two years;
-Intermediate lease agreement (whereby the landlord will occupy the house afterwards);
-Rental under the Vacancy Act (when a house is for sale).
If, in addition to making the accommodation available, the landlord provides service to the tenant, it is recommended that all these types of service be listed in the rental agreement. This may involve the supply of electricity, water, cable television, internet services, hot water, upholstery, furniture, etc.
Properties with an initial (basic) rental price of higher than € 737.14 per month (as of 2020) are in principle free on the private market. This means that the house valuation system (also called a points system) does not apply to this and the rent assessment committee is not authorized to judge the rent.
However, the exception is that the tenant always has the right to request the rental committee to determine how many points the house is worth within six months after the start of the rental agreement.
The rent increase is only calculated on the rent, excluding additional supplies such as gas, water and light. In the Netherlands, most landlords increase the rent on July 1, but this can change. As long as there is only a maximum of 1 increase per 12 months.
In the social sector, strict rules apply to the annual rent increase. The government determines what the maximum rent increase may be, based on the tenant’s income.
The municipality of Amsterdam has drawn up policy rules that severely limit this form of rental. From 1 January 2020, a maximum of 2 home sharers may rent a house together if the landlord does not have a conversion permit. Do you rent to 3 or more home sharers and do you want to maintain that situation and legalize it via a conversion permit? Then apply for the permit.