If coming to the Netherlands to start work, it is advisable to ask the employer or temporary employment agency about Netherlands accommodation and housing; and at a reasonable price. If they are unable to assist you then you can approach the municipality where you will be advised and helped by Dutch professionals on the matter. In order to gain this help, you have to be registered with the municipality itself.
Accommodation Netherlands: Rental Prices
When accepting a rental price for accommodation in the Netherlands, determining whether it is fair or not is subject to a number of issues. More than often there is a boarding contract, especially when arranging accommodation in the Netherlands for a short time period – this will result in a stay within a guesthouse or hotel. In legal terms, for accommodation in the Netherlands, there is no maximum rental fee for these particular boarding or rental prices. In this situation, you would need to decide on your own initiative as to whether you find the price acceptable.
The employer may be able to offer accommodation, therefore deducting the rental amount directly from the salary.
If you have a normal rental contract (defined as simply renting an individual living space) then you can request a quotation price from the Rent Assessment Committee.
Accommodation Netherlands: Rent Allowance
You could be entitled to a rent allowance for accommodation in the Netherlands, where the state will then pay part of your rent for you. Being eligible for this allowance depends on the type of accommodation sought within the Netherlands, the rental amount and income achieved.
Tenants are protected against cancellation of rental contracts by landlords or owners within the Netherlands in regards to accommodation. Once an agreement has been reached, either verbally or in written form, then only the tenant can terminate this agreement, unless circumstances are substantial (such as non-payment of rent or suspicious criminal behavior) where a court case against the tenant will be taken.
A contract stating ‘temporary accommodation in the Netherlands’ or ‘one year lease’ won’t automatically end after the finishing date. A temporary contract is only permitted under specific and rare circumstances.
Also worth noting is that a landlord can’t charge what they like for an apartment for accommodation in the Netherlands; most apartments have a maximum rent allowance when it comes to accommodation – calculated using a points system where every square meter and all given facilities in an apartment are awarded points – with the total number of points building up to a certain maximum rent. If living in Amsterdam you can ask a ‘huurteam’ to pay a visit to the apartment and perform the calculation for free.