You’ve found accommodation – and you are very happy about that (rightfully so!). An amazing start. Now, you’ll have a lot of other matters that you’ll need to take care of when moving out. You might be receiving extra costs for gas, water, electricity and insurance. You might have to make a deposit. You’ll be signing a rental contract and you might apply for rental benefits. You’ll need to buy furniture and other small things to decorate your living space.
Living in a rented space, such as an apartment? You may be eligible to receive rental benefits. This is a monthly sum of money, that the government provides, for you to pay your rent with. There are a few requirements you need to meet in order to be able to receive it:
Independent accommodation refers to a form of accommodation that has its own front door, toilet and kitchen.
Eligibility is also determined by your age and the height of your rent. Tenants below the age of the 23 are not allowed to have a “kale huur” (basic rent, your rent without service and utility costs) that exceeds 424,44 euros. Tenants above the age of 23 may not exceed the limit of 720,42 euros.
Small maintenance tasks such as cleaning and unclogging your toilet or sink are tasks that the tenant should perform. Bigger maintenance tasks or reparations such as leakage are the responsibility of the landlord. If there are problems between you and the landlord that you aren’t able to solve, you can request the help of the Huurcommissie. This is an organisation that specializes in settling conflicts related to rent.
Are you unable to pay your rent? Consult with your landlord as soon as possible; housing companies are often willing to help you find a solution. Even if you can’t produce the full amount, try and pay as much of your rent as you can. If there are too many overdue payments, your landlord might request an eviction. However, a landlord – especially one from a public housing company – will be far more likely to want come to an agreement, rather than evict you.
Are you terminating your current contract? Make sure to notify your landlord at least one to three months in advance through a signed letter. Is your landlord terminating the contract? This has to be done at least three to six months in advance by sending you a termination letter. The landlord must have valid legal reasons to terminate your contract.
The contract can only be terminated if you agree to the terms. Never agree to a termination of the contract without consulting the Juridisch Loket in The Hague for advice. You are also free to visit our Legal Counselors during our office hours on Mondays.
Awesome! It took a while, but you’re finally about to sign that contract. Congratulations! It’s just... that’s only the first step. There’s still a lot more to be done before you’ve officially moved in. You still need to move all of your stuff, decorate the entire place and of course register at the municipality - since you finally have an address. Let’s list the most important things to check off.
Please take the time to have your contract translated and read to you by somebody that’s fluent in Dutch, such as someone from our Juridisch Jongerenspreekuur at JIP. Also make sure that you’ve seen the room or apartment and that you know that their business practices are in accordance with Dutch law. It also helps to have a more experienced person with you, to advise you.
A contract has to be signed by both you and the landlord – or your parents if you’re younger than 18. Wondering if everything checks out? Try to receive the contract before the signing date, so you have plenty of time to translate and read it.
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