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Frequently Asked Questions
Lease Contracts
What is a diplomatic clause?
A diplomatic clause was initially used for landlords who were looking to return to their homes after a period of letting their home. Now it is also being put in rental contracts to give tenants the option to terminate the lease prematurely. Most diplomatic clauses will mention that the tenant can only terminate when he or she is fired, resigns or is relocated 50km from their current working location.
Can I terminate my contract after 6 months?
If you have a temporary contract up to 2 years you have the right to terminate your lease with one month’s notice. Please make sure that you have confirmed that your lease contract is a temporary contract.
Can the landlord increase the rent without limits?
Most contracts link the rental increase or also called 'price indexing' to the CPI (cost price index) which is the inflation ratio of the country. This means that your rent can be increased by a small percentage p/month. If the contract doesn't state anything about the rental increase being linked to the CPI, the landlord has the right to increase the rent with a percentage of his choosing. The contract does have to specify that the rent can be increased on a yearly basis in order for the landlord to do so.
What is the difference between a temporary and permanent contract?
The difference between a temporary contract and an indefinite contract is the end date. Temporary contracts have a specified end date whereas indefinite contracts have not. After the temporary contract ends, action is required from the landlord in order to extend the lease. If a temporary contract gets extended, it will automatically turn into an indefinite contract. An indefinite contract does not end unless the tenant terminates. With an indefinite contract, the landlord does have the right to set a minimum term. During this minimum period the tenant cannot terminate the lease.
Can I terminate my temporary contract?
If your temporary contract is up to 2 years you have the right to terminate with one month’s notice.
Is there a limit to how many people I can share my apartment with?
The municipality does link the size to the amount of people living in a home but doesn't regulate this very much. They have, however, instated a rule that requires landlords to have a permit when they're looking to rent out their apartments to more than 2 people.
What is a contract under the 'leegstandswet'?
A landlord can apply for a permit to rent out his home under the 'leegstandswet'. This permit gives the landlord the right to rent out their home without the tenant building up tenant rights. The end date is therefore a set end date and the landlord can extend a temporary contract without it become an indefinite contract.
Do all lease contracts have to be signed in Dutch?
No. A contract is an agreement between two parties. If both parties can understand the content of the contract the language does not matter.