If you are expecting to stay less than five years in Utrecht Region, renting may be your best choice. This gives you greater flexibility in terms of contracts and you are spared the effort of making major repairs or ongoing maintenance. Essentially, there are two rental markets in Utrecht Region: social housing and the private rental. 

Social housing - Around 75% of Dutch rental properties belong to housing associations which provide social housing. This can be significantly cheaper than renting on the private market but is also rigorously controlled, allocated based on need and annual income. There are also typically long waiting periods – waits of three to seven years are not uncommon, particularly in major cities.

Private rental - In the private rental sector, you will not encounter waiting times or maximum income thresholds, but with the market driven by demand, the rental prices are likely to be higher. However, tenants and landlords are still subject to statutory housing rights. It is always good to learn more about housing rights and contract details before signing your first rental contract.

Things to look for in a rental contract

  • 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 resources:

  • 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.