In the Netherlands there are detailed legal rules that determin prices in the non-liberalized (social) sector. Social housing is defined as homes for which the initial monthly rent is under the rent limit for liberalised tenancy agreements (private sector) (in Dutch) ; the current limit is €737,13, and it was €720.42 in 2019. (the limit excludes service charges. If the tenancy agreement is not liberalised, the rent payable for rented housing is capped. The maximum rent depends on the quality of the housing.
In the first six months after you signed your tenancy agreement, the reasonability of the initial rental price can be assessed. If you are renting a room, or a studio it usually is a non-liberalized residence and said rules aplly to you. If the paid rent is higher than the maximum allowed rent, the tenant can demand a decrease of the rent, commencing at the same time the tenancy agreement started. If you do this within six months after you signed your tenancy agreement, you can reclaim the overpaid amount of rent from the moment you initiated the procedure.
This can even be done for housing that is rented as liberalised, based upon the price in the rental contract, but is not supposed to be so based on the quality. So for instance, when your contract states your rent is €800,- but our measurement find it should only be €650,-, we have the possibility of filing a case at the Rent Tribunal.
Cases like this can directly be submitted to the Rent Tribunal (Huurcommissie), but if there is still time before the six months are over we will try to come to an agreement with the landlord without having to start legal procedures.
Has your tenancy agreement commenced over six months ago? Check the procedure for lowering the rental price.
Do you want to know if your rent is correct? Submit your case and we will check your rental price free of charge!