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However, it is possible to have your rent reassessed even after you have come to an agreement with a landlord. Huurteam Utrecht can help you with your case. You can make an appointment, or you can simply ask them for more information about the possibilities and procedures.
Huurteam Utrecht also keeps a useful database. On their website you can enter an address and check the reasonable rental price, based on their records.
The Dutch Tax Office subsidises individuals who rent specific types of accommodation in the Netherlands to make the rent more affordable. This is called rent allowance, (‘huurtoeslag’ in Dutch), and it is regulated by the Government of the Netherlands. Whether you qualify for this allowance depends on several factors such as the applicant’s age, income, household, duration of the rental period as stated in the rental contract, the type of rental contract and the monthly rent. The requirements are determined in the the Rent Benefits Act (Wet op huurtoeslag).
Because there are also very specific requirements to the type of accommodation to be eligible for rent allowance, the amount of available housing that falls within this scheme is very limited and thus in high demand. It is very rare to find a house on the private housing market that qualifies for rent allowance. However, some of the self-contained housing in the Reserved Accommodation Programme might be eligible if you also meet the individual requirements.
In order to apply for rent allowance you need a Dutch Citizen Service Number.To obtain this number, you will need to register with the municipality of Utrecht. For more information on how to apply contact the Dutch Tax office via +31 555 385 385, or plan a visit to one of their offices.
If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months to study, you are legally required to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town in which you are living. In order to do so, you need, among other things, a legal Dutch address, documented by a tenancy agreement, contract of sale of your home, or your landlord’s permission. You can read more on city registration on this page.
Please note that if you require a visa and/or residence permit you are legally required to register with the city as soon as possible after your arrival. Make sure to take this in consideration when you are looking for housing, as not all (temporary) accommodation allows you to register at the municipality.