Renting in Amsterdam
If you’re planning a short-term stay in Amsterdam (under five years), renting is your best bet. After all, contracts can be easily changed and you’re spared the effort of making major repairs or maintenance. Beat the competition to the door with our practical guide to rental property.
Renting in the privat sector in Amsterdam
Finding housing in a new city always requires some research. If you’re planning to rent in Amsterdam, the most common option for expats is to rent property in the private sector. Private rental accommodation with a rental price greater than €710.68 (according to the House Value Rating System) is not subsidised and there are no pre-conditions as to your eligibility. While the rental price of these homes are likely to be more expensive than with social housing, the likelihood of finding a place quickly is far greater.
If you rent a home in the private sector with a rental price less than or equal to €710.68, you will require a housing permit (huisvestingsvergunning) and your income may not exceed €44,360 per year. Learn more about the application process for a housing permit(in Dutch).
For more information on the House Value Rating System, please see our overview of housing rights. To determine whether or not you will be eligible for housing benefitsas a new tenant, you can visit the website www.toeslagen.nland make a personal calculation on the basis of your age, income and basic rent.
In the private sector landlords usually ask for a deposit, which is typically the equivalent of one or two months’ rent. As for contracts, tenancy agreements can be concluded for fixed periods of time and changed at the discretion of the tenant and landlord (or due to circumstances). You should therefore read your tenancy agreement carefully. Learn more about housing rights in Amsterdam.
Renting in the social sector in Amsterdam
Another possibility is to look into social housing options. The Netherlands has the biggest public housing sector in Europe, the majority of which is owned by private, non-profit housing associations. These rental dwellings are primarily aimed at lower income groups, with a maximum rent capped by law. However, with a waiting list of between 8-14 years, social housing is not a favourable option for most expats. You must also meet strict criteria:
To be eligible for social housing, you must:
Satisfy certain conditions, one being that your monthly income is below a certain level. Until 1 January 2018, housing associations are allowed to exclusively let their social homes (basic rent up to €710.68) to people with a maximum income up to €36,165 (taxable income of the entire household). The housing association will apply for a housing permit for you.
Be in the municipality where you are looking for housing, for instance because you workthere. The landlord will only obtain a housing permit for you if you satisfy all the stipulated conditions.
Register with WoningNet(in Dutch). Rental property in Amsterdam is advertised every week on their website. The registration fee is €50 for the first year, and then €8 per year after that (price valid until 2019). Your chance of getting the home of your preference depends on the duration of your registration.
Bron: Gemeente Amsterdam