Rental law: How does it work?


Rent benefit, administration costs, subtenancy... As a student you often come into contact with rent and the rights and obligations that go with it, without you knowing what your rights are. Knowing Dutch rental law is almost an impossible task for international students. That is why the LSVb has developed an easy to read tenants' rights manual for international students.

The Landelijke Studentenvakbond receives many questions from students about their rental contract and the rules when renting a student room. You, as a tenant of a student room, often depend on your landlord for a lot of things, so it is important to know what you can ask of this person and what you have to do yourself. For example, do you want to know if you need to do a repair yourself? Or does the landlord want you to vacate the house and do you want to know if that is legal or not? And do you doubt whether you are actually a main or co-tenant and what impact this has on your rental situation? Do you have a question about the deposit? The answers to these questions can all be found in the manual, which is based on the current Dutch rental law. Not only for you, but also for the landlord, it is important to know what is and what is not allowed. As a tenant your position is often stronger than you think. Only if you are aware of the fact that this is the case you can make sure you can find your way properly on the rental market. So don't be discouraged by difficult legal texts, grab the tenants' rights manual and say goodbye to the uncertainty!

Are you involved in a conflict with your landlord? Need more help? Contact the Housing Hotline. We help international students with any queries they might have.