Getting into the aspects
Getting into the legal aspects of renting accommodation is not likely to be anyone’s favourite pastime. We do, however, recommend you acquaint yourself with this topic beforehand. That way, you know what to expect and can avoid unnecessary bills or disagreements when you leave. If you use the relocation services of Verra Real Estate, they will take care of any legal matters pertaining to housing for you.
Tenancy agreements are normally in Dutch. Be sure to have someone check the contract before you sign it. Some important issues you need to look out for in the contract:
- Can you use the address of the accommodation rented and the rental agreement to register at the municipality? In case of a subtenancy (whether it concerns an apartment, room or house) you will only be able to register on that address at the municipality under certain conditions. For more information: Rotterdam and The Hague.
- Does the property come furnished or not?
- Are utilities included in the rent? If not, find out what they will come to on a monthly basis. Please bear in mind that if gas, heating and water are included in the rent, this means you will be paying an advance. If you then take long showers or heat your room day and night even in summer, it will very likely exceed the advance and lead to an unpleasant bill upon departure You might like to put on an extra sweater instead of turning up the heat and pay extra!
- Are there any extra fees, such as commission or a reservation fee?
- How much is the deposit and what are the deposit return conditions?
- What is the duration of the tenancy agreement? Could you stay longer if you wished? Check the terms of notice, too.
- What are the rental requirements? (What documents do you need? This also refers to matters such as passport copies, proof of enrollment at your university, a work contract and/or payslip).