Rights and Obligations as Tenant

Dutch law specifies specific obligations for the landlord and the tenant. These legally determined rules are called the mandatory laws and apply when no diverging rules have been established. Every tenant, also students, can call upon their rental rights. In this section, you can find information on subletting your room, registering your address or terminating your contract, as well as a general overview of your rights and obligations in a tenancy agreement.

Quite often, different rules apply to students who rent a room, in comparison with regular tenants. Students are, for example, not allowed to rent a student apartment after they have been unsubscribed from being a student. In case you think that your rights are being compromised by the landlord, you can receive legal assistance.

No matter whether you are renting an apartment/studio or a room in a student house, the general obligations are as follows:

Tenants must:

  • Pay the monthly rent on time.
  • Follow the agreed house rules.
  • Allow repairs to be made (within a reasonable period) as part of the maintenance of your place.
  • Give notice of one rental payment to terminate the rental contract.

Landlords must:

  • Ensure availability of the property within the agreed rental period.
  • Cover any necessary repairs (within a reasonable period) as part of the maintenance of your place.
  • Solve any problems affecting the tenant (plumbing, electricity, internet, etc.)
  • Give valid reasons and notice (three to six months) to terminate the rental contract.
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