• Check the city housing department for more information about low-priced housing. • You can find useful internet sites for renting a room or student accommodation, like www.kamernet.nl.
Discuss your needs explicitly with your housing agent or relocation advisor. • Select one, at most two, agencies. Avoid engaging with too many agents for the same objective. • Arrange viewings three weeks before you need to move in, not earlier. • Be ready to move quickly. • If the agent commission seems too much, find property on your own, but be ready to put in lots of legwork. • Most of all, you will need luck, and timing is also important. • Post a notice in the housing section of expat forums. • Stay clear of anyone asking for a cash payment or cash commission. • Respond quickly to adverts and take someone along with you when viewing. • Always check that you can register with the BRP. • The standard NVM (Dutch estate agent association) contract has an English version for comparison.
SHORT-TERM HOUSING OPTIONS • Many cities in the Netherlands have aparthotels for corporate clients, which can sometimes be less anonymous and cheaper than hotels. • Websites aimed at tourists – like AirBnB – are great for a private apartment for a couple of months. • Short-stay regulations in Amsterdam make it “illegal” to rent the majority of properties for less than six months, but many properties are listed for less than six-month stays regardless. LIVING ON THE WATER
• Tempted by life on a houseboat or Dutch barge? • The houseboat market is a very close-knit community so personal references will go a long way. • There are many rules and regulations regarding permits STUDENTS and mooring conditions. Track down a specialist agent to steer you through the procedures. • Universities try their best to help students with housing • Useful sites include www.waterwonen.nl and but there are serious shortage issues. www.botentekoop.nl (which includes all kinds of boats • There are non-commercial agencies for students, housing for sale). corporations and antikraak (anti-squat) agencies that rent out accommodation. SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL