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Rental contract

A rental contract should not contain anything that is contrary to the law. There are legal rules for such things as notice periods, maximum rent and maintenance obligations. These rules take precedence, even if you have made other agreements with your landlord. If provisions in your rental contract contradict the law, they are not valid and you do not have to abide by them.

To avoid signing an incorrect rental contract, you can have your contract checked in advance by Huurteam Leeuwarden. This is also possible if you already signed a contract but have doubts whether the content is correct.

Rental protection

As a tenant in the Netherlands, you have rent protection, even if you are renting a student room. This is a good thing, because that means a landlord can’t evict you from your house for no reason. The contract can only be terminated one-sided (interim) with a legally valid reason.

The following rules are important:

If you were already living in your house or room before July 1, 2016, then there cannot be a temporary rental contract. In this case, the landlord must always seek court approval to terminate the rental contract.

If you started renting after July 1, 2016, then a temporary rental contract is allowed. The landlord must give written notice at least 1 and no more than 3 months before the end date of the contract. If not (and you pay your rent nicely each month), the fixed-term rental contract will be converted into an indefinite rental contract.

With this check on the website of the Woonbond you can check whether your tenancy agreement complies with 6 points that often deviate from your right as a tenant.