Once you've found an apartment that might be interesting, 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 - the greater the chance that the apartment will be rented before you get there.
When going to an apointment, be aware of the following points:
Be on time!
The Dutch are very punctual. If you arrive late, you will probably pay your rent late as well. That's how the Dutch think.
- 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 mentiond 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 both during the day and at night, or ask around to see what it is like. Perfectly peaceful areas during the day can turn into unbearable residential areas at night if there are bars nearby. Likewise, a calm neighborhood in the evening may be a nightmare during the day due to traffic or construction works.
Tip: If you are looking for a furnished apartment and find them to be very pricy, look for an unfurnisched one. 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