Rent out a room

Do you want to rent out all the rooms in your home? Or do you just have a spare room you would like to rent out? You have to comply with a number of conditions.

As of 1 June 2021 there are new rules for room rentals. A conversion permit is required for room rentals for 3 or more people. The municipality is not granting any new permits in a large number of neighbourhoods. There are stricter requirements for neighbourhoods where it is still possible to get a permit.

There is growing demand among young people, (international) students and migrant workers for small temporary accommodation. A room rental could offer a good solution for these groups of people. Renters then share a living space, but they do not constitute a couple or family. These renters share the sanitary facilities (bathroom or shower), the kitchen and the toilet/WC. In some cases they also share the living room.

In which neighbourhoods

As of 1 June 2021 the municipality will only grant new room rental permits in neighbourhoods where:

  • the average property value (WOZ-waarde) is higher than € 310,000
  • 5% or less of the homes are currently being used for room rentals

In the image below you can see the neighbourhoods where you can apply for new room rental permits (reference date is 1 June 2021):

(03) Westbroekpark and Duttendel
(04) Benoordenhout
(10) Zorgvliet
(13) Vogelwijk
(15) Kijkduin and Ockenburgh
(16) Kraayenstein en Vroondaal
(19) Vruchtenbuurt
(41) Hoornwijk
(43) Forepark
(44) Leidschenveen

Neighbourhoods where new room rental permits are still possible under certain conditions.
Neighbourhoods where new room rental permits are still possible under certain conditions.

Rules for renting out rooms

  • You may rent out a room to a maximum of 2 people at 1 address without needing a permit for this. This is only applicable if you do not live in the property yourself.
  • If you live in the property yourself with any family members, then you and your family members all count towards the maximum number of people to whom you may rent out a room without a permit. For example: you live alone in the property. Then you may rent out a room to a maximum of 1 other person without a permit.
  • For room rentals for 3 or more people you have to apply for a conversion permit: a permit for converting independent living space into a space for room rentals. More information on applying for this permit can be found under Permit to convert a property into room rentals.
  • A maximum of 8 occupants is allowed for a conversion permit for room rentals.
  • The municipality will not grant any conversion permits in vulnerable neighbourhoods.
  • The person renting your room is entitled to a minimum of 18 square metres of living space. This comprises the actual room plus the shared communal rooms such as the kitchen, toilet/WC and sanitary facilities.
  • There are additional rules for sound insulation as of 5 people.
  • If you plan to rent out 5 or more rooms in 1 property, you must take additional fire safety measures. You must submit a Report on Use. You can find more information on this under the All-in-one building permit.

In addition, it is important that you:

  • provide your tenants with safe and healthy living conditions.
  • draw up rental contracts which meet the legal requirements. More information on this can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
  • comply with the rules for the maximum rental prices and the rental increase. Information on setting rental prices can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
  • ensure that all defects not caused by your tenants are repaired.

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Published: 8 July 2021Modified: 9 July 2021