Rights category Housing and Shelter

Am I allowed to rent housing accommodation in the Netherlands?

Yes, even if you have no residence permit you are entitled to rent housing accommodation in the Netherlands. However, you are not allowed to rent accommodation for which a housing permit is required. This is the case in some sections of the larger cities. If you have a tenancy agreement the rules pertaining to these agreements apply.

Where will I find housing accommodation?

If you do not have a residence permit, you are not allowed to rent accommodation from a housing corporation. This means that you have to rent from a private landlord. This can be done in the following ways:

  • letting of independent housing accommodation by private landlords (independent tenancy). This is the general practice in Rotterdam and The Hague.
  • letting of rooms or apartments where you share the front door with other tenants. This is generally intended for students.
  • renting a room or apartment from an owner who also lives in the same house.

Please take extra care if you are a tenant in one of the following situations:

  • -subtenancy with a tenant who lives in the same house. In many cases the owner does not allow the main tenant to sublet. If the owner discovers this, the main tenant and the subtenant will both be evicted.
  • -subtenancy with a tenant who does not live in the same house. This is hardly ever allowed by the owner. If the owner discovers this, the subtenant will be evicted from the house and the tenancy of the main tenant will be discontinued.

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