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Letting a house in the Netherlands

When you are leaving the Netherlands, there are several things you will have to take care of. One of these things can be letting your house. What are the legal consequenses? Is it better to let your property furnished? What is the best price and so much more. 

Letting a house in the Netherlands
Housing: Letting a house in the Netherlands

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Tenancy agreements

Houses are let subject to a tenancy agreement. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions agreed by the tenant and landlord. It states how high the rent is and whether the tenancy is for a fixed or an indefinite period.

Tenancy agreements

Written or oral agreements

A tenancy agreement does not need to be in writing. An oral agreement is also valid but is more difficult to prove. You should take a witness with you if you want to conclude an oral agreement.

Fixed-period or indefinite tenancy agreement

A tenancy agreement is for either a fixed or an indefinite period. An agreement for a fixed period includes a final date. The agreement cannot be ended before the final date unless both the tenant and the landlord agree. 

A fixed-period agreement does not end automatically on the final date. Both the tenant and the landlord must terminate the agreement by means of a written notice sent by registered mail.

Tenancy agreement in the private sector

Tenancy agreements in the more expensive private housing sector have been liberalised; the tenant and the landlord have more freedom to agree the rent and services provided. The rental value of the property is not based on a points system and there is no maximum rent. Only self-contained housing can be rented under such an agreement. Housing that is not self-contained (such as a room in a house) cannot.

Rent ceiling

If the tenancy agreement is not liberalised, the rent payable for rented housing is subject to a ceiling.The maximum rent depends on the quality of the housing. You can work out the maximum rent for your home using the rent points system.

Maintenance rules

The tenant and landlord have their own responsibilities to maintain, repair and replace parts of the rented accommodation.


Check with your mortgage party if you are allowed to let your house and under which conditions.

Property management

Are you looking to rent our your home and want help with tenant turnover, collecting rent, screens tenants, runs background checks, performs property maintenance, and many other things you would otherwise do as the property owner. Learn more in our page Property Management.

This page was last updated: 01/04/2022.