Accommodation in Amsterdam
Accommodation in Amsterdam can be difficult to find, especially at a good price. There is always a high demand for property, and even low-quality rentals are highly sought after. Because of this competitive housing market, most expats will find themselves renting, rather than buying.
The cost of accommodation in Amsterdam continues to rise and this is especially the case the closer one moves to the city centre. For this reason, many expats choose to look for property in smaller villages outside the city.
Types of property in Amsterdam
There is a range of options when it comes to accommodation in Amsterdam, but most properties are in the form of small apartments, especially in the inner city. Expats wanting more space and a home with a garden may need to look farther outside the city limits.
Furnished apartments in Amsterdam are often treated like large hotel rooms where tenants have little protection, while contracts for semi-furnished (containing kitchen appliances and sometimes a little basic furniture) and unfurnished apartments usually provide more tenant protection.
Finding property in Amsterdam
Finding suitable accommodation in Amsterdam can be a challenge as demand often exceeds supply.
There are various online property portals which can be used to find accommodation. Expats should consider using a rental agency since there are few apartments which rental agencies don't have a hand in. In some cases, by law, landlords have to go through an agency.
Most agencies advertise on large online property portals. They're quite competitive, so expats should compare prices.
Renting property in Amsterdam
If they want to rent an apartment, expats tenants must provide their passport and proof of income, which proves their ability to fulfil the lease.
Both oral and written tenancy agreements are accepted in the Netherlands, but it’s in both parties’ best interests to sign a written agreement. The rental agreement must include the rental amount, the length of the contract, the rules of the house, the date on which the rent will be increased and any stipulations regarding the maintenance of the property.
A deposit of one to two months’ rent is common to secure a property. Utilities and municipal taxes are not always included in the rental agreement and the tenant may be responsible for paying these. This should be clearly stated in the rental agreement.