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 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive an allowance also for the months prior the application?

Yes, you can receive money for months before your application – starting from the day your rental agreement or health insurance starts.

How can the housing allowance tool help me?

The housing allowance tool can help you calculate and request, change or stop the Dutch housing allowance (huurtoeslag). All you have to do is fill in the requested information and the tool will calculate the allowance you are eligible for.

 

What is the housing allowance (huurtoeslag)?

The housing allowance is a monthly compensation from the Dutch government that supports Dutch and international tenants, including expatriate workers and students, whose rent is too high in relation to their income. To receive housing allowance you have to meet certain requirements.

What are the basic requirements?

Anyone who is more than 18 years old and rents a house or apartment in the Netherlands can apply for housing allowance. To do that, you must:

  • Register in a Dutch municipality and have a BSN number.
  • Have a Dutch residence permit or EU/EEA nationality.
  • Receive employment income that’s below the threshold.
  • Live in an independent residence (with your own front door and private facilities such as kitchen, shower, and toilet).
What are the rent and income requirements?

If you’re 18 – 23 years old, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 414,02.
  • Annual income less than EUR 22,200.
  • Savings and investments less than EUR 25,000.

If you’re above 23 years old, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 710,68.
  • Annual income less than EUR 22,200.
  • Savings and investments less than EUR 25,000.
What is a benefit partner (toeslagpartner)?

A benefit partner is a person that you apply for housing allowance with and it can affect how much allowance you can get. Read more about toeslagpartner here.

What are the rent and income requirements with a benefit partner?

If you’re 18 – 23 years old, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 414,02 (if you have a child or your fiscal partner is older than 23 the maximum is EUR 710,68).
  • Annual combined income less than EUR 30,150.
  • Savings and investments per person less than EUR 25,000.

If you’re older than 23, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 710,68.
  • Annual combined income less than EUR 30,150.
  • Savings and investments per person less than EUR 25,000.
How much housing allowance can I receive?

The amount of your housing allowance depends on your personal situation, mostly your yearly (Dutch) income, and your monthly rent. Use our online calculator to check if you are eligible for housing allowance and how much you would be able to receive.

How do I apply for housing allowance?

Applying for housing allowance couldn’t be easier! With our housing allowance tool, it will take you no more than 5 minutes.

How will I receive the housing benefit?

The housing benefit will not be deducted from your rent. You will pay the full rent amount and receive the benefit separately from the Dutch Tax office.

How can I calculate the energy costs in common areas?

If applicable, then energy costs for common areas are usually indicated in the contract and are separate from the basic rent. Alternatively, you can ask your landlord for this information.

What are ‘caretaker fees’?

Caretaker fees are those related to paying an individual (caretaker) for looking after the building / maintaining it.

What are service costs of recreational areas?

This is case-specific and can mean different things with different accommodations. You should ask your landlord if
you are not sure.

Why is €12 the maximum I can indicate for additional costs?

For the additional costs, anything above €12 is not calculated into the total rent. This is why in the calculator you can indicate maximum of €12 even if you have to pay more.

Housing Allowance For Your Stay In The Netherlands

If you have recently arrived in the Netherlands, you might have a lot on your to-do list. In fact, finding a suitable housing is probably among your top priorities. However, as you might know, being an international student comes with its own difficulties. And it sometimes makes everything a little bit trickier. One of those tricky things is also looking for a place to live. In particular, finding an affordable housing can be difficult, especially in the big cities. Luckily, there is a way to make your rent more affordable. It’s called the Dutch housing allowance and we are here to help you apply for it. The housing allowance is a monthly contribution to your rent. If your rent is too high in relation to what you earn, you might receive a significant cost reduction from the Dutch government.

Moreover, eligibility for the housing allowance and the amount you receive is influenced by different factors. For example, your age, who you live with, the rental price and the combined incomes of the household. Moreover, only applicants with low income, small savings and a rent above a certain threshold qualify. In addition, you must be living in a dwelling with its own front door and private facilities (kitchen, shower, and toilet). However, certain student dormitories also qualify for rental assistance. Hence, as a student, you may be eligible to receive the benefit. And the good news is – applying for it is extremely simple. As a matter of fact, we have created an allowance tool that will help you calculate and request your housing allowance. You only need your BSN number to start.

Contact us if you have any questions!

*The calculated amount is only an estimation and does not reflect the exact amount you are eligible for.