Moving into a rented house: important things to consider

Have you finally found the rental house of your dreams and is it the case that you will soon get the key? Then this is of course very nice, but also a whole responsibility.

You are moving

When you start living on your own, this can be quite exciting. You are probably going to leave the parental home and this is probably your first rental home. Perhaps you previously owned a home, but you sold it and therefore started looking for rental homes.

At least you have found a new home and that is the most important thing! In any case, we have put together a handy checklist for you. Many hands make light work!

Contracts and insurance

It is with most rental properties gas water and light Included as standard in the rental price, but for social housing, for example, you have to arrange this yourself.

Make sure you arrange the gas, water and light in time so that you can also use it on the day you get the key. It is best to conclude your energy contract for the rental property about two weeks before your moving day.

It is not necessary, but it is wise to take out home contents insurance. Your home and all your belongings are insured against burglary, fire or possible water damage.

Moving contracts or canceling contracts

You can you moving energy contract to the new home, but you can choose to transfer. Think ahead about what you want to do. If you choose to switch, your new energy supplier will replace your old one terminate contract.

Television, internet and calling

When moving, it is wise to look at your contracts for TV/internet and calling. If you still have current contracts, it is important to first find out whether your current provider can also provide these services at the new address.

Checklist for rental property

Good preparation can go a long way. Hence this handy one checklist during your move. Before, during and after a move, there is a lot that needs to be arranged. It is important that you arrange all this on time.

Report the new situation and register with the municipality

If you have planned a move, you must also report your address changes before or after the move. This can be done at the municipality and you can usually do this 4 weeks before your move or 5 days after your move.

Submit address changes digitally

Nowadays you can easily implement this change with your DigiD at most municipalities. As soon as you have made your change, it will be entered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) and the change will also be passed on to important authorities. This way you will not miss any important mail because in this way your new address is known to, for example, the tax authorities.

Of course, you still have to inform charities, subscriptions or shops of your new address yourself.

Inspect your new rental property

When you are going to rent a home, it is important that you have a good rental agreement. Most rental properties do have this, but it is always wise to check this carefully. After all, good preparation is half the work, isn't it?

The old residents have upon delivery The house has probably already had a final inspection, but it is always wise to walk around the house with the landlord when handing over the keys. This way you and the landlord can note any defects and these can be remedied by the landlord.

Not all defects are the responsibility of the landlord, so always discuss this carefully first. This is usually also stated in the agreement. Is it not covered by the landlord? Then you may be able to arrange something with your home contents insurance.

So make sure you check everything in the agreement because this way you can avoid disagreements. First of all, always check whether all entered data is correct. This way you will not be faced with unexpected expenses later on.

Always make clear agreements about the deposit during the inspection. When exactly will you get it back? Is that at the end of the rental period in the absence of any defects in the rental property?

Rent allowance for your rental home

When you start living in a rented house, there is a good chance that you are entitled to rent allowance. Whether you are entitled to rent allowance after moving to your new address depends on the monthly rent, your income and your living situation.

Have you previously lived in a rental property and have you just moved to a new rental property? Then you only have to pass on your new situation. The Tax and Customs Administration will look at your situation and rent and determine exactly what you are entitled to in your new rental home.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you have to arrange if you get a rental house?

Gas, water and electricity, you must also register with the municipality. Also apply for rent allowance and check all insurance policies and new contracts.

What are you not allowed to change in a rented house?

You are not allowed to make any changes to the house. For example, think of a new kitchen.

How many days do you need to move?

Often, 1 or 2 days off is enough for a small move.

How long to wait for a rental house?

The average waiting time for a social rental home is currently about 7 years. The waiting time in Landsmeer, Wormerland, Haarlemmermeer, Diemen and Amstelveen is on average longer than 17 years!

How much should you earn for a social rental home?

For a 1-person household, the limit is €44,000 per year in 2023 and for a 2-person household this is €48,625.