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Frequently Asked Questions
The Rental Housing Market
What is the rental market in Amsterdam like?
The Amsterdam rental market is made up of the social housing sector (60%) and the liberated housing sector (40%). The social housing sector is only accessible if you've been living and registered in Amsterdam for at least 10+ years. This leaves the liberated housing sector. Due to this divide, the supply doesn't always match the demand which creates a very dynamic and ever changing housing market. At the moment it is a landlords market for the lower budget apartments because there's more competition but it is a renters market for apartments above the €2.000 mark. Apartments can be on the market ranging from 2 working days for the popular low budget apartments to weeks and sometimes even months for the more high end ones.
How many apartments are available to rent in Amsterdam?
Both the municipality and project developers are constantly building apartments in the market so at the time of writing this number has changed already. We estimate that currently there are around 20.000 apartments being rented out on a regular basis.
What are the rental prices in Amsterdam like?
Rental prices can vary from €900 for a studio to €1550 for a furnished one bedroom apartment. Please note that most prices mentioned online are excluding utilities. Our neighborhood guide shows you the prices per area in Amsterdam.
What is a 'free sector' apartment?
A free sector apartment is an apartment that has passed the liberated rental threshold. The threshold is based on a point system and currently is 143 points. The size of the apartment, energy label, location, value, spaces and other things all stand for a certain amount of points. All points added up give the amount of points for the apartment. By passing the threshold the landlord is free to decide what the rental price of the apartment is.
What is a social housing apartment?
A social housing apartment is an apartment that has not passed the liberated rental threshold. The threshold is based on a point system and is currently 143 points. The size of the apartment, energy label, location, value, spaces and other things all stand for a certain amount of points. All points added up give the amount of points for the apartment. If the apartment doesn't pass the threshold it falls in the regulated sector. Which is also called the social housing sector. The current maximum base rental price of a regulated rental apartment is €710,68.
Am I eligible for a social housing apartment?
Most of the social housing apartments (regulated rentals) are managed by corporations who have long waiting lists. You have to be registered in Amsterdam for at least 10 years to be eligible for an apartment like this. Some landlords rent out their homes which are regulated rental apartments as well, so there's a small chance you might stumble upon one.
How long will it take me on average to be successfully housed in an apartment in Amsterdam?
Depending on your criteria you can find an apartment between 1-3 weeks in the city. Most apartments come on the market 4-6 weeks before they're available so don't start the search too early.