Involving the Rent Tribunal

Get the Rent Tribunal involved if you can’t reach an agreement with your landlord. If you are unable to reach an agreement with your landlord on the new rent, you may choose to involve the Rent Tribunal. Although you are not required to inform your landlord about this, it is considered the polite thing to do.

Is your tenancy contract for an unspecified period?

If you are still in the first six months of your tenancy contract, you can request that your starting rent is reviewed. The Rent Tribunal will need a copy of your tenancy contract (mandatory). If you have made a proposal in writing to your landlord, this can be submitted too (optional). Be sure to keep copies for yourself, so you know what you sent.

This is how you can start Rent Tribunal proceedings within the first six months of your tenancy contract:

The information on this website/PDF is in Dutch only. Non-Dutch speakers are advised to ask colleagues or friends for help where necessary. It is allowed to bring an interpreter of advisor to hearings of the Rent Tribunal (Huurcommissie).

If you have been renting your room, flat or house for longer, you will need to have made a proposal in writing to your landlord about a lower rent first. For more information about this, visit the Rent Tribunal website.

Do you have a temporary tenancy contract for self-contained accommodation?

You may have a temporary tenancy contract. In that case, your tenancy contract will state a specific date when your tenancy period will end. The tenancy period of a temporary contract for self-contained accommodation may not exceed two years. The submission deadline to have your starting rent checked varies. The deadline is the period of your tenancy contract plus six months, with a maximum of two years and six months.

This is how you can start Rent Tribunal proceedings:

The information on this website/PDF is in Dutch only. Non-Dutch speakers are advised to ask colleagues or friends for help where necessary. It is allowed to bring an interpreter of advisor to hearings of the Rent Tribunal (Huurcommissie).

You can also rent a room (also referred to as shared accommodation) with a temporary tenancy contract for a maximum of five years. However, the same submission deadlines apply in this case as described above under 'Is your tenancy contract for an unspecified period?' A temporary tenancy contract is not the same thing as a campus contract, which states that you must leave the room/flat/house if you are no longer a student. A campus contract does not have a specified end date.

Please note that if you want the starting rent checked by the Rent Tribunal after having moved to another address, this will prove to be difficult. The reason is that the Rent Tribunal needs to be able to inspect the situation. Therefore, always have the starting rent checked before you move. 

How does the Rent Tribunal check your rent or starting rent?

The Rent Tribunal checks that the rent in the tenancy contract does not exceed the maximum rent allowable for your room, flat or house. This is done based on the housing evaluation system (woningwaarderingsstelsel), which is also referred to as the points system. Based on a visit to your home, the Rent Tribunal establishes a points total for your room, flat or house. The more points your home is worth, the higher the maximum rent for the room, flat or house is allowed to be.

Rent Tribunal decision

Your rent may not be raised as a result of the starting rent check. The rent may only be lowered or remain the same.

When will the lower rent apply?

If the Rent Tribunal establishes that the rent is too high, the Rent Tribunal will determine that the lower rent will apply as from the start date of the tenancy contract. Once the Rent Tribunal decision has been issued, you can use this to request your landlord to reimburse the excess rent paid.

More information about the rent tribunal

Read more about the rent tribunal.