Example Rental Contract and Rental Agreement

Rental agreement

Once you have decided to rent out a property, it is important that all the decisions made are put in writing. This is why you should always have a rental agreement, to avoid any unfortunate situations.

For your convenience we have put up some examples of a standard rental contract. This can of course be extended with any further agreements that have been made. However, if there are points in the contract that aren't legally allowed (such as a standard annual increase of the rent with a higher rate than is permitted) the contract isn't an official legal contract.

It is recommended to split the rental price into two, the bare rent and the service costs. Otherwise you run the risk that in a judicial procedure a lot of money will have to be paid back to the tenants.

Terminating a rental agreement is only possible, in accordance to the law, if;
  • the tenant does not behave as a proper tenant (meaning he/she does not fulfill the obligations)
  • the rental agreement is temporary (see rental contract).
  • the owner urgently needs the house for personal use. The owner has to make it clear that he is no longer able to rent out the property. The sale of the house usually does not qualify as an 'urgent reason'.
  • the tenant refuses a reasonable proposal of the owner to amend the rental agrement. This cannot be about the rental price or service costs.
  • the owner wants to amend the function of the rented out premises (in alignment with a valid zoning plan)

Rental contract undetermined period of time

Most rental agreements are set for an undefined time period:

Temporary rental agreement

For temporary rental a special rental contract is required. Temporary rental agreements can be entered into, but after this period the tenants only have to leave the room if:
  • evacuation has been made explicit by the owner
  • the owner temporarily renting out a house/room due to his residence elsewhere (who will reside in the house again after his return)
  • the owner temporarily renting out a new or recently bought house due to his residence elsewhere (after which he will reside in the house again)
  • the owner temporarily renting out a house/room due to his residence elsewhere (who will reside in the house again after his return)