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When you arrive in the Netherlands, you'll be responsible for finding your own accommodation. You can either rent or buy. These days, you'll probably be able to find what you're looking for online. There are countless websites offering property for sale or for rent.
If you're looking to rent, you can register with a housing association. However, it's often quicker to find accommodation through a private letting agency because association waiting lists are often long, especially in the larger cities.
As a tenant, you'll be protected under the Rent Act (Huurwet). This means that accommodation has to meet certain criteria and be well maintained. However, rules apply to both tenants and landlords alike. Rules cover issues such as deposits, rent, rent increases, maintenance, service charges, etc.
If you're looking to buy property and you need to borrow money, you'll get a lot of information from the banks and other finance providers, e.g. mortgage brokers. Mortgages in the Netherlands usually run for a twenty to a thirty-year term, but it's also possible to opt for a shorter term. The interest you pay on your mortgage is tax-deductible.
The best place to get information about accommodation is from the local authority in the place where you intend to live. Most local authorities have their own website, where you'll find all the relevant telephone numbers.
Statistics: purchase price of existing own homes
The purchase prices show the value paid in the period under review for dwellings sold to a private person and intended for permanent residence by a private person.These figures don’t show the price development of existing own homes.