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Housing in the Netherlands

Housing in Holland can be confusing but, finding a place to call home is paramount to settling into your new life. First, you need to decide if you want to buy a house or prefer to rent? Renting is far more flexible and is usually the first choice for many expats. Although, soaring rent prices and a low mortgage rate is making buying is look more attractive for a lot of expats. If they are confident that they are staying. You need to decide where to live and what type of property would suit your lifestyle. Do you want a central Amsterdam apartment or a countryside retreat? An experienced estate agent can help you navigate the system and find you your dream home in no time.

Location

The spiralling housing market in the Netherlands is causing somewhat of a crisis. There is a massive shortage of affordable accommodation, especially in city centres. Amsterdam apartments are becoming out of the reach of most buyers, with average prices reaching €500,000. Outside of town, the prices drop dramatically. If you don’t mind a bit of a commute, you can definitely get more for your money. Eindhoven housing is more affordable with average rents between €750 and €1500. You should consider your commute times, public transport links and your lifestyle needs when searching for housing in Holland. Also, check the parking options available, as Amsterdam apartments often do not include an allocated parking spot.

Types of housing in the Netherlands

From tiny micro-apartments in Amsterdam to huge villas in the countryside, the Netherlands has something for everyone and every budget. Amsterdam apartments tend to be on the small side. 1 or 2 bedrooms with an open-plan kitchen lounge area. They are also likely to be well-maintained and modern. You can find studio apartments, which mean one room split into areas for sleeping, cooking etc. Houses in Amsterdam and the rest of Holland come in all shapes and sizes. You will find long rows of terrace houses ( rijwoning), usually 3 or 4 Bedrooms with a small garden. Semi-detached ( tweeondereenkap) houses and detached properties ( vrijstande). These will vary widely in price according to location. Most will feature open plan living spaces and small easy to maintain gardens. You might want to consider a short stay apartment, so you have time to look around and consider your options.

Changing address

When you move house in the Netherlands you must register your new address with the municipality within 5 days. Failure to do so could result in your MVV (residence permit) being invalid. If you move within the same municipality you just need to tell the Civil Department (Burgerzaken). If you move to a new municipality you need to register with the new municipality. They will inform your old municipality. Make an appointment at the city hall (Stadhuis) and don’t forget to take your ID and contract of sale or rent with you. You can also register online if you have a DigID. Go to Digid.nl to sign in.

Housing in the Netherlands – Mundialz

Mundialz understands how stressful finding housing in Holland can be. Amsterdam apartments for rent can be scarce and expensive and the search can seem impossible. We’re here to be your one-stop shop for information and advice. We can help you decide where to live and what bureaucratic hoops you need to jump through to get there. Then you can start to settle into your new life and your new career!

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