Tips & Tricks Tenant
In order to best prepare you for renting a room, apartment, or house, we have put together a number of handy tips & tricks. These are important points to keep in mind when you're viewing or moving into a place. Go through them carefully and avoid any disappointments.
Below you will find a checklist of things to pay attention to during a viewing:
- Does the house has insulated windows? A room with single glazed windows can be damp, and op top of that the sound resistance is very limited. Additionally, a single-glazed home is often more prone to break-ins.
- Are there radiators in the room? In the summer you won't pay as much attention to this, but in the winter radiators will definitely be a must
- Is there enough ventilation? Is the living space damp? Are there damp patches visible? If this is the case, it means that there is no or very bad ventilation. If the relative dampness of the air is high, this can cause health problems
- What is the state of the utilities? Pay close attention to (very) old heaters. In combination with bad ventilation this can lead to life threatening conditions. A common problem in badly ventilated spaces is the release of carbon monoxide when burning natural gas in heaters. In such situations, carbon monoxide poisoning can occur.
- How are the sanity facilities? Be careful to note the state and condition of the bathroom, toilet, shower and kitchen
- Are there sufficient plugs available? Is the electrical installation not dated? Especially the second question is important for your safety
- Is there a good wireless internet connection in the room? A (good) working Wi-FI connection can't be missed nowadays
- Does sound travel easily in the house? This can cause friction between your possible roommates, or neighbors
- Does the house have good locks? Be careful with hinges and locks that look dated
- Can you escape in case of a fire? Is there fire fighting equipment available, such as a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke alarms? Accidents do happen, and in rooms or apartments it is very important to pay attention to escape routes and fire safety..
- Is there well functioning central heating? An outdated central heating system can cause a lot of problems such as bad functioning radiators and cold water while showering.
- Is the house in the free sector? This is determined by the House Value System. If the house does not fall into the free sector, the owner needs a permit to rent the house. You must also sign the permit as a tenant. This means you agree with the rent that is asked for
Move in a bed and furniture and that's it? Or does the place still need to be painted,
At a viewing most people are often blinded by their enthusiasm, and miss noticing the small defects of the house that can cause a lot of problems in the long run. For example, what do you really know about the neighborhood where you'll be living? Who will be your new neighbors? Is the neighborhood safe? Is there sufficient public transport available? Make sure to visit the neighborhood in the evening and talk to the neighbors. This way you can get a good impression of the neighborhood where you'll be living. These are important aspects that are often disregarded.
Check the surface area
The rental price is partially determined by the surface area. Re-calculate the surface area before you agree to the rental agreement. The surface area has to be described in the contract according to the NEN2580-norm, the certified measurement of the area for rent. This distinguishes between the gross surface area, and the rentable surface area. Check which of the two is specified in the rental contract. This difference can be huge in some cases! Any doubts? Click here and ask for a measurement report with the exact m².
You always pay the rent a month in advance. You will agree with your landlord by which date the rent has to be transferred. Before the starting date of the rental contract the first month's rent and the deposit should already be paid. After this you should receive the keys to the house.
On the date the rental contract starts, you should also be receiving the keys. Don't let them send you the keys, but make an appointment for the owner to handover the keys. It is best to combine this with the so called 'check-in', this way you can meet them in the apartment. This way both parties (tenant and owner) can both check the state of the house and the inventory. It is also smart to take this time to take pictures of the house. This way you lessen the chance of arguments later on about the initial state of the house. Make sure that as a tenant you can a copy of the check-in.
Service costs are costs that add up to the bare rent of a house. The owner has to give you an overview of these: as a tenant, every year you are supposed to receive an overview of the previous year and the paid service costs. Water and electricity fall under service costs, but so do communal services such as a cleaning service or a building caretaker. Before you sign a rental agreement it is handy to take a good look at the service costs to avoid any nasty surprises afterwards.
How should the property be left before departure? Should it be left empty or in its former state? Make sure that this doesn't cause any problems with your deposit. It's also smart to keep in mind the period of notice of your rental contract. If you're planning to move, then take this into account.
How high can your deposit be?
Almost all owners ask for a deposit before they give you the keys to the house. This deposit will be returned to you if you leave the house neatly and without any damage. Sometimes unreasonable amounts are asked as a deposit (such as 4x the rental price). What exactly is unreasonably high depends on the situation. This can vary from one time the monthly rent with an advance payment of the service costs, up to three times the monthly rent. Let the owner know that such a high deposit is not necessary, and don't agree to this easily. In any case, make sure you get proof that the deposit has been paid, so that later you can prove that you have paid it and how much. Handy to know: the owner is obliged to return the deposit within 8 weeks after the tenant has a left the house.
Be very alert during the viewing, take a good look at the house and ask as many questions as possible to your future landlord.
For which amount can I rent out a house?
The point system has been set up to determine a maximum rental price. If the rent is higher, then the owner may ask you to lower the rent. The points indicate the quality of the house, among which the isolation and surface area are important factors. To calculate the points of a house yourself, and what the maximum rental price may be, you can check the webs tie of the rental price commission