You can sublet a property, but this is riskier – due to restrictions on residency by co-operatives and certain municipalities, you may not have the right to live in the property and have little legal recourse in case of eviction or malpractice.
Around 75 percent of Dutch rental properties are social housing.
Knowing the quirks and rules of the Dutch rental market can help you avoid renting an illegal property, and give you an idea of where to search for rental properties and what to expect when signing a rental contract.
Just over 40 percent of Dutch people rent their homes, and the country has a high level of social housing.
Online property portals are popular, and you can also find rental properties through letting agencies () and advertisements in local newspapers, as well as classified ads and internal company websites.
Commissioning an estate agent to find you a place will typically incur a fee equivalent to one month’s rent.
As a result, it’s a good idea to spread your net wide – consider as wide a range of properties as possible – and be ready to sign when you spot the one you want.
One key difference is that all properties are assessed on a point system (details in Dutch only) called the .
This sets a base rental rate which acts as a fixed price for social or rent-controlled properties under EUR 681.02 (2013) per month, and a guideline for properties over that value.
Social housing is by application to a central body, however few expats qualify for this.
Therefore, flat hunting is similar to most other countries.