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RENTING USING AN AGENT • A good housing agent should be able to tell you all about the local market, the city, pricing, quality of housing, restrictions that apply to expats, he/she will arrange viewings for you, negotiate with landlords, and provide an English translation of the rental contract. Helping you to connect with utilities services is also a standard service. HOUSING SECTORS 1. Social Housing sector: The dominant distribution sector has rent-controlled social housing, and income status plays its part in allocation. Restrictions are applied by the local authority. Rental properties that have less than EUR 720.42 a month (in 2019) base rent will fall under social housing restrictions. 2. Liberalised sector: The government regulates base-rents up to EUR 720.42 a month (2019) and anything over this price is in the ‘liberalised’ sector (assuming it has the correct points/price ratio), where rent prices are not restricted.

• Social housing is split into two sectors, depending on whether the property is privately owned, or owned by a housing corporation (woning coöperaties). • Housing corporations: A good value, but with many restrictions regarding who may live in their properties. Waiting lists of up to 10 years or more are not uncommon. Only those with a total income of less than EUR 36,798 (2018) and valid residency will be eligible. • Most expats end up renting accommodation in the Liberalised sector because there are fewer restrictions and housing is easier to rent. RULES AND REGULATIONS • Base rents (kale huur) are controlled by a “system of points”, woningwaarderingsstelsel, • The number of points of the property determines the maximum rental price. Each part of the house receives points. For example: the surface of the dwelling, sanitary, heating system, the (WOZ) value of the property. • The reality is that there are too few rental properties, which puts upwards pressure on some types of accommodation. Check what your property’s rent should be at www.huurcommissie.nl.

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