Renting out my house: what to consider?

Publication: 11-04-2017

Thinking of renting out your house? It is very attractive to rent out your home, but it also demands some effort. That is why we have created a list of things to check. This is how you can prepare:

 1. Housing score
The housing score system determines if your property is within the free rental market, which means you can define your own rental price. Would you like to know what the maximum rental price is of your property and how many points your property is worth? Check huurprijscheck (rental price check) to make a good estimate. 

2. Duur van de verhuur 
When you consider to offer your house for rent you have to take into account that the property has to be available for at least six months. Since 2014 the municipality doesn’t grant licenses anymore for short stay. Former licenses are valid for ten years, but based on certain agreements.

3. Energy label
The energy performance label shows how energy efficient a building is. Landlords are obliged to provide their new tenant with a copy of the energy label.

4. Lease term mortage
Don’t forget to check your mortgage deed on lease terms before renting out your property. When there are lease terms in your mortgage deed, it is wise to contact your bank to talk over your rental plans.

5. Rental options
Lease agreements for indefinite duration are the standard in The Netherlands. Only in a few situations you can let property temporarily, for example in case of a vacation home or rental based on the Vacancy Law. There are also a couple of resignation reasons that count when we talk about temporary use, like ‘tussenhuur’ and urgent personal use. The rental law for housing is complicated. That is why it is essential to consult legal advice to avoid future disappointments.

Every type of situation is different. Are you going on a temporary trip, or are you moving to another country for work? In that case we would advise you a ‘tussenhuur’ contract. With this type of contract you are sure to have a house to come back to. Are you moving in with your partner, but you would like to keep your second home as an investment, then a contract for indefinite duration might be an option.

The following options can apply:
- indefinite duration; 
- definite duration of maximum of 2 years; no extension possible;
- definite duration (situation: tussenhuur); extension possible;
- based on the Vacancy Law.based on the Vacancy Law.

6. Fiscal information
It is important that you are up to date with all the fiscal consequences concerning renting your property. The fiscal consequences depend on your situation, like described above. More information you can find on the website of the Belastingdienst.