Keep an eye on the following:

The housing market in Utrecht Region is tight, which unfortunately sometimes results in illegal practices. Internationals are an easy target since they do not know their rights and often do not speak Dutch. To prevent fraud, Make sure to learn more about tenancy rights and contract details before signing your first rental contract. Major points to look for in a rental contract include:

  • The correct rental price, and whether it includes service charges, energy bills, and local taxes such as property, trash disposal, and sewage taxes.
  • Deposit; 1-2 month’s rent is normal.
  • Duration of the contract. Most are fixed for one year with a notice period of one month from either party.
  • Who is responsible for maintenance and repairs. Also make sure to ask the rental agency if they charge a mediation fee.

Useful links to find a home

  • The Expats in Utrecht Facebook group is a quick, current time resource for your questions/resource suggestions in this regard.
  • Here is a quick, accurate overview of the Dutch housing market.
  • Want to talk to someone? Your local huurteam will happily advise you on rent levels and the like.
  • The Juridisch Loket offer free legal advice to people on low incomes.
  • Are you looking for new building projects? Check out this website (Dutch only)
  • Specific Facebook groups about room rentals (information is mostly in Dutch)
    • Utrecht: www.facebook.com/groups/ woonruimteutrecht
    • Kamer in Utrecht Facebook group: www.facebook.com/ groups/234214686628695
    • Amersfoort: Kamer in Amersfoort Facebook group: www.facebook.com/ groups/1568118990139543