Renting in the Netherlands
The most common option for expats is renting property in the private sector. Private rental accommodation is not subsidised and there are no pre-conditions for your eligibility. You will need a residence permit and a social security number (BSN).
In case you haven’t found a suitable property upon arrival you can book a short stay accommodation in the area. During this short stay period you can get used to your new environment and find a nice house for the remaining period of your stay.
These houses are fully furnished and have flexible rental contracts. The size of these properties varies from a studio apartment to family houses and are located in the city centre and in the smaller villages. NOTE: make sure you can register on the address in order to get your BSN. Properties like B&B or AirBnB’s usually don’t offer this possibility.
Another possibility is to book a hotel first and search from there.
Finding permanent accomodation
- To help you find a rental property, we suggest you try:
- Specialised rental agencies
- Online housing sites (www.pararius.nl or www.funda.nl)
- Estate agents (makelaars)
- Contact one of the service partners of the Expat Center East Netherlands
For more information about housing please click here.
In the private sector, landlords usually ask for a deposit, which is usually the equivalent of one or two months rent. As for contracts, tenancy agreements can be concluded for fixed periods of time. You should always read your tenancy agreement carefully, so ask for a copy in English. You will however always sign a Dutch version.