Rental agreement

Rental Agreements Explained

Different types of rental agreements

Finding a place to live in Amsterdam can be a challenge, especially for newcomers. This guide will equip you, the expat tenant, with the knowledge to navigate the different rental contract options in Amsterdam and find the perfect place to call home.

There are four main types of rental contracts in the Netherlands, each with its own advantages and considerations:

  1. Contract Type A: Rental Agreement for an Indefinite Period
    This is ideal if you're looking for a stable, long-term living situation. The contract offers security of tenure, meaning you can't be evicted without a valid reason. However, the initial period often locks you in for a period of minimum 12 months.

  2. Contract Type B: Rental agreement for a Definite period (max 24 months) 
    This is a good option for shorter stays. The advantage is flexibility – you can find a place for a set period without worrying about a long-term commitment. The maximum period is 24 months and there is no minimum period. Please note: you will have a notice period of 1 calendar month. However, be aware that tenants don't build tenancy rights under this type, and the landlord cannot extend the contract without switching to Type A.

  3. Contract Type C: Rental Agreement for a Definite Period - Intermediate Rental
    This is suited for expats who know how long they will be in The Netherlands. This contract type is used by landlords, who are  away for a specific period but plan to return back in their home at the end of the set rental period. The contract allows for a longer rental period than Type B and can be extended with the same tenant. However, it hinges on the landlord's intention to return, so ensure everything is clearly documented to avoid issues later.

  4. Contact Type D: Rental Agreement for Properties on Sale - Short Term Rentals
    This is less common but can be an option. Landlords might advertise properties for sale but also be open to short-term rentals while they find a buyer. Since these aren't standardized contracts, proceed with caution. Make sure everything is clearly documented in writing to protect your rights and avoid misunderstandings regarding rent, duration, and expectations.

Important Update

Changes to rental agreements coming soon. Be aware that there are new regulations coming into effect on July 1, 2024, which will severely restrict temporary rental contracts (Type B). It's recommended to consult with a professional for the latest advice on rental contracts after this date.

Additional Tips

  • Always get a written agreement, even for informal short-term rentals (Type D).
  • Research average rental prices in your desired area to avoid overpaying.
  • Be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in the Netherlands.
  • Consider using a reputable estate agent to help you find a suitable property.

We're Here to Help! Choosing the right rental contract can be tricky, so don't hesitate to contact us for personalized advice based on your specific situation and property. We can help you navigate the legalities of renting out your property in Amsterdam and ensure a smooth experience for you.