About 75% of the 3 million rental units in the Netherlands are owned by housing companies. These associations are responsible, among other things, for the rental of social housing defined as dwellings for which the initial monthly rent is below the rent ceiling for liberalised (private) leases (in Dutch); the current limit is 720.42 euros (2019). Each year, housing companies are required to rent 80% of their empty social housing to people with incomes of up to 36,798 euros (2018) and 10% to people with incomes between 36,798 and 41,056 euros (2018). Associations can rent 10% of their social housing to higher-income households. We may offer you suitable alternative accommodation if we terminate your rental agreement, because if you are thinking of a dispute or if you are trying to get a verbal agreement with your tenant or landlord, you can get help from your nearest citizen council. A tenancy agreement is a contract between you (the tenant) and your housing company (the landlord). For money (rent), the landlord offers you a place to live. The tenancy agreement is passed on to a spouse, partner or partner who was not a tenant himself if the property was also their home at the time of the tenant`s death. This may also be subject to other conditions. We visit you during your start-up lease and work with you to assess if you are having difficulties and if you need additional help. After nine months after your start-up lease, we decide to grant you some form of permanent rental. If you are a new tenant of the housing company, you can get a start-up rent – usually 12 months.
This must prove that you are a responsible tenant before the housing company offers them a secure lease. Your start-up rent can be easily interrupted if you break the rental conditions. Rental conditions are “rules” about living in the property – such as paying rent on time. It is a lifetime lease that only ends if you walk or are deported. Some insured tenants may also have the right to purchase (buy) their property from the landlord at a discount. This right to meet other criteria.