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These are the rules for renting out your property via Airbnb in Amsterdam

Maybe you’ve got an apartment, studio, penthouse or residence which you would like to (permanently) rent out to an expat? Do you want to know what you need to take care of and what you should take into account? This blog series will give you insights of everything you need to keep in mind when you’re renting out a place in Amsterdam. This week we will talk about the rules of renting out your property via Airbnb in Amsterdam.

Renting via Airbnb has had an amazing growth this last year, it doubled the amount of renting properties! Different types of nuisance and importunity made the rules and regulations be more strict over the last couple of months and year. In fact, almost 5 millions euros have been allocated last year to enforce there rules.

Renting out your property in Amsterdam can belong to a few different types of categories. Think about private vacation rental, bed & breakfasts and professional rent. Renting out via Airbnb is only allowed for a short period of time, a maximum of 30 nights per year.

Private vacation rental

The only way to get permission to rent out your place, is if you are the main occupant. Other than that, you’re only allowed to rent out for a maximum of 4 persons at the time. If you want to rent out for a longer period of time, you’ll need special permits, which you can check with your local authorities. You’re at all time obligated to let the local authority know that you’re renting out the property, even if it’s only for a couple of days.

Renting out your place is a much-discussed topic in the Owners Association. The Owners Association has to give you permission for temporary renting out. This was decided by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

Professional rental

If you want to exceed the limit of renting out the maximum amount of nights or if you want to rent out a place where you don’t live yourself, you need special permits. Which permits you exactly need and how you get them, is best to be checked with your municipality. The fine for breaking the rules keeps increasing. Last year, this fine was ‘only’ 13.500 euros, while you pay a vast 20.500 euros if you neglect the rules nowadays. Pretty important and useful to make sure to follow the rules and have all the necessary permits. The last thing you want is get fined for a simple thing as a permit.

Various measures have been taken to check on rentals and landlords. Amsterdam will start a digital investigation to track down illegal rentals. Other than that, civil servants will disguise themselves as tourists to check if any rules are being neglected or disobeyed. There is even a national ‘click line’ where nuisance, importunity and neglection of rules can be reported.


The income you make thanks to renting out your place could be taxable, which sometimes means there are some additional taxes you’ll need to pay. Make sure you’re up to date of these costs, so there won’t be any sudden surprises and unexpected costs. What else you should take into account and what the rules and conditions are for renting out your property, can be read on the website of the Municipality of Amsterdam. If you want to rent out your property for at least six months, it’s smart to consider renting out to expats. Please contact us for free advice and more information.

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Do you still have any questions, ideas or do you need a little bit more information about this subject? Send an email to amsterdam@expathousing.com and we will reach out to you as soon as possible!

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