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Choosing a rental agency to find you a new home can be daunting, especially in a new country and housing market that you are not familiar with. At Perfect Housing we believe you should expect the following service from your agency. We also believe you should only pay for successful completion, which is why we always work on a no-cure, no-pay basis with no registration costs.
You should ensure that any agency you work with is reputable, licensed and works with carefully screened properties. The Dutch market is highly regulated and, although it may be tempting to rent an illegal or subleted accommodation, you may find yourself paying the price later.
Your agency should be able to explain market regulations, how the points system works and the implications for the types of property you will be able to rent. Be aware that there are many restrictions on cheaper apartments, including that you cannot earn more than a certain amount or that you must have an economic tie (economische binding) with the city in order to be allowed to rent a specific property.
Perfect Housing is a fully authorised and licensed housing agency, and is registered with the municipal government in Amsterdam. Our operating permit provides a level of assurance to owners and clients that they will receive professional and ethical service.
A good agency should have in-depth knowledge of the local housing market and be able to realistically set your expectations regarding what you will get for your money. To help you get an idea of prices in the Dutch rental market, please find below indicative prices for properties (all examples are furnished and exclude gas, water, electricity and parking). While the following is no hard and fast guide, it is indicative of current pricing:
An agency should also be straight-talking about the likelihood for finding a property matching all your requirements and for your attractiveness as a tenant. Setting clear expectations will help focus your search and avoid wasting time viewing unsuitable properties.
An agency should take your housing request seriously and give you due attention, but working with a rental agency is a two-way street. The Dutch market is small and agencies communicate regularly. If a client registers with multiple agencies, the others will soon know about it and one of two things is likely to happen: an agency may lose interest in you, assuming another agency is more likely to close a deal, or an agency may flood you with all their properties - suitable or not - in the hope of closing a deal before another agency. Our advice is always to work with one agency at a time. If you are unhappy with the service you get at one agency, stop the relationship and try another.
Perfect Housing is the leading agency in Amsterdam and one of the largest throughout the rest of the Netherlands. We are professional and service-oriented, with a clear and structured rental process. We work on your behalf when you use Perfect Housing to find a new home.
Your agency should act on your behalf once you have identified a suitable property and you want to enter into negotiations with the owner. Most agencies and owners do not work with options, so once you make a decision you generally have to move fast. Price is not the only criteria that can be negotiated on - your agency should advise you of where/if there is room for manoeuvre to prevent unravelling of the deal by pushing too hard.
Perfect Housing can offer advice on negotiable aspects, and help to maximise your deal. Once an agreement has been made, we draw up a detailed and clear rental contract that both parties are required to sign.
An agency should accompany you to check in and out of your property and take the lead in inspecting the property for damages and checking the inventory list. The thoroughness of the check-in and check-out documentation will determine to a large degree the amount of deposit returned to you, so a comprehensive inspection is important.
Perfect Housing supports an official check-in and check-out procedure, designed to accurately reflect property condition before and after a tenancy in order to avoid deposit-related disputes.
As part of your check-in and check-out procedures, an agency should record all utility meter readings. Accurately knowing the values when you move in and when you move out means you avoid paying additional costs for utilities you did not use.
Meter reading is a structural part of Perfect Housing's official check-in and check-out procedure. We work on your behalf to ensure that what you pay is fair and accurate.
Your deposit should be (partially or fully) returned within two months of checking out of an apartment. Your rental agency should act on your behalf in trying to the secure return of your deposit if there is a delay.
Based on our check-in and check-out documentation, Perfect Housing provides the owner with a detailed report of any missing inventory and damages. We help administer the deposit and will act on your behalf to help settle any disputes.
Perfect Housing works on a no-cure, no-pay basis. We charge a brokerage fee equivalent to the monthly periodic payment as agreed at the commencement of the rental contract (aanvangshuurprijs), plus 21% government tax (BTW). Perfect Housing does not charge registration fees or contract costs. However, if contract costs are charged by a third party, they will be passed on to the tenant. Futhermore, we do not charge fees to property owners.
A tenant must have transferred the following funds to Perfect Housing's bank account prior to check-in:
1. One month advance rent.
2. Two months refundable security deposit.
3. Brokerage fee equivalent to one month's total rent as agreed at the commencement of the rental contract plus 21% government tax (BTW).