January 3, 2005 at 1:35 am #26
I wanted to mention a couple of tips for anyone (sub)renting a room in the Netherlands. If you do not take these suggestions in consideration you can end up with a lot of problems. However, I do want to state that these tips/suggestions are the only things to consider, nor do I take responsibility for them. Please use your own common sense before signing any contract.
And now for the tips:
1. If you sign a contract without a pre-detemined enddate, be sure you know what the minimum notification time to end the contract. Take at least a two month period notification time in consideration before ending a contract.
2. If you sign a contract with a pre-determined enddate, be sure you to cancel the contract at the end before the minimum notification time has lapsed. If you do not, the contract will not automatically end. No matter how you will phrase this in the contract, the law will not allow an automatic end without notification. The high council has determined that if the contract is not ended in time, the contract is extended with the same pre-detemined period. For example this can mean that if you rent a room for 1 year and you do not cancel the contract by signed letter about two months before the end of the year, your contract will automatically be extended with another year.
3. A deposit can be asked, however it is usual that this is no more than one month’s rent.
4. When subrenting a room, be sure the owner of the room has signed off on the contract you have with the person who is originally renting the space. If you do not, you have no rights when you run into problems.
5. When you (sub)rent a room, you get complete rights to the room. Meaning nobody, even the persons who rent the space out to you, can enter the room without an appointment. With appointment the people who rent you the room may enter it for maintenance or other business, except for emergency-maintenance. Not to snoop into your stuff! If you see this happen, report it to the police! Make sure your privacy is protected in your contract!
Well, this is it for now.
And if you still run into problems, you can try to contact the National Student Law-assistance at: http://www.lsr.nl/overview.php?menu_id=5&page_id=5 or if you are studying in Groningen go to http://www.kamerbewonersadviesburo.nl/ (the websites are in Dutch, however you can try emailing them with your questions).
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