Rentals in The Netherlands
In the Netherlands, there are both social and private (non-subsidised) rentals. It does matter whether you rent a social or a private house, apartment, studio or room. Different rules apply to the social rental sector than to the private rental sector.
The social rental sector
In the social rental sector, a maximum for rental prices has been set. The social rental sector aims to keep rental housing affordable for people with a lower income. For socials rentals, a maximum rent and a maximum annual rent increase apply. The income of a tenant of a social rental house may not exceed a certain amount. As a tentant in the social rental sector you may be eligible for rental allowance.
The private rental sector
In the private sector, houses are rented at higher rents than in the social rental sector. This means that it is cheaper to rent a room, studio, apartment or house in the social sector than in the private and non-subsidised sector. There are fewer rules for renting in the private sector. No maximum rent is set, but the annual increase is limited, as it is the social rental sector. You cannot receive rent benefit.
If you don't know if you are renting in the social or private rental sector, you can check it out.