Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, especially when it comes to finding housing. Within The Netherlands specifically, the housing market may make it time consuming to find housing. The process currently takes longer, the more requirements you have for the home the longer your search will be.
However, we would like to give you some general tips to make the process of finding a home a lot smoother. As an expat, there are some practical guidelines that can help you navigate the Dutch housing market and find a place that suits your needs.
1. Start your search early
The Dutch housing market can be incredibly competitive, so it is important to start your search early. It is common for apartments to be rented out within a few days of being advertised, especially in major cities. If you wait too long to start your search, you may find yourself with limited options or paying a higher rent than you would like.
2. Rental contracts
Some rental contracts will require you to stay for a minimum of 1 year. However, We strongly recommend to only accept a contract where you have a notice period of some sort. This is either by means of a Diplomate Clause* or a separate paragraph which states that you can terminate your contract on a monthly base. Besides, we also suggest sending your contract to us before you sign and pay any deposit or rent. In this way we can make sure all necessary information is included.
Diplomatic Clause*: A diplomatic clause is a provision in a rental agreement that allows the tenant to terminate the lease early without penalty in the event of certain circumstances, such as a job transfer or relocation.
For example, during the entire period the tenant has the right to terminate the agreement by means of a notice where the activities of the tenants are moved to a location that is situated more than 50 kilometers of the leased property. Notice must then be made: - by registered letter or bailiff and the first of a calendar month with a notice of at least one full calendar month.
3. Know your budget
Housing costs can vary depending on the location and type of housing you are looking for. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your budget before you start your search. Consider your monthly income, as well as any additional expenses such as utilities and transportation.
It would be useful for you to know that a lot of housing will require a deposit upfront that can be up to 3 times the rental price. So be prepared to be able to transfer this amount to the landlord upfront.
4. Consider using a real estate agent
Using a real estate agent can be helpful in navigating the Dutch housing market, especially if you are not familiar with the area. A real estate agent can provide you with information about different neighbourhoods, help you find suitable housing options, and negotiate the rental agreement on your behalf.
5. Be prepared to provide documentation
To rent an apartment in the Netherlands, you will need to provide various documents, including proof of income, employment contract, and identification documents. Make sure you have these documents ready to provide to potential property owners.
6. Look for housing outside of major cities
While living in a major city like Amsterdam or Rotterdam can be exciting, it can also be expensive. Consider looking for housing in smaller cities or towns, where the cost of living may be lower. These areas can also offer a more peaceful and relaxed environment.
7. Be aware of rental scams
Unfortunately, rental scams can be a problem in the Netherlands. Be cautious of property owners who ask for money upfront or ask you to transfer money to an overseas account. Always make sure you view the apartment in person before signing a rental agreement.
Finding housing in the Netherlands can be challenging, but with these tips, you can make the process a lot easier. It will still require a lot of patience and persistence, but it is also not a mission impossible. We have provided a few links below where you can check housing. In addition, once you start your new career at Middle Point our Service Center will be there to provide you with useful tips and assistance you will need along the way!