Once you've found an apartment that you’re interested in you should set up an appointment with the landlord as soon as possible.The longer you wait - even if it's only a matter of hours - chances are the apartment will be rented out to someone else before you get there.
When going to an appointment, be aware of the following points:
- Be on time! The Dutch are very punctual. If you arrive late, they might think you will be late with paying your rent as well.
- Dress well and be prepared for any questions the landlord may ask
- Don't be scared of 1 year contracts
- Even if you only intend on staying 6 months. If you like the place, sign the contract. If no notice period is mentioned in the contract, by Dutch law, you have a 1 month notice period. Thus a 1 year contract is good for a 6 month stay as well.
- Visit the area around the apartment
- Visit the area during the day and at night, or ask around to see what it is like. A neighbourhood can be perfectly peaceful during the day but can be noisy at night if there are bars nearby. Likewise, a calm neighbourhood in the evening may be a nightmare during the day due to traffic or construction work.
Tip: If you are looking for a furnished apartment and find them to be very pricy, look for an unfurnished one instead. You can always rent your furniture, and save a great deal on the property rental.
Check out IN-Lease Nederland BV:
De Lairessestraat 96 1L
1071 PJ Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 470 5940