Renting out a room

Do you want to let all the rooms in your home? Or do you just have a spare room you would like to let? If so, there are a number of conditions you have to comply with.

There is growing demand among young people, (international) students and migrant workers for small temporary living quarters. Renting a room offers these people a solution. Tenants who rent a room share the same living space, but they do not constitute a couple or a family. These tenants share the communal bathroom or shower, kitchen and WC, and in some cases they share a communal living room, too.

Rules for renting out rooms

  • You may let a room to a maximum of 3 people at 1 address without needing a permit for this. However, this is only applicable if you do not live in the dwelling yourself.
  • If you and any of your family members live at the relevant address, then you and your family members all count when adding up the maximum number of people to whom you may let a room without a permit. For example, you live alone. Then you may let a room to a maximum of 2 other people without a permit.
  • As soon as you let a room to 4 or more people, you have to apply for a conversion permit. This is a permit for converting independent accommodation into a communal dwelling made up of a number of separate rooms. More information on applying for this permit can be found under Converting a house into rental rooms.
  • Please note: There is a ban on letting rooms to more than 3 people for each address in the Schildersbuurt, Transvaalkwartier, Regentes and Valkenboskwartier, Rustenburg-Oostbroek and Laakkwartier. If you also live at the relevant address, you and your family members will all count in this maximum number. If your family has 3 or more people, then you will not get permission to let rooms.
  • In all other neighbourhoods and on the Koningsplein as well as in the Heesterbuurt, Spoorwijk and Laakhaven West, it is possible to let rooms to more than 3 people for each address. You still have to apply for a conversion permit if you intend to do this. For more information, please see Converting a house into rental rooms.
  • The person renting your room is entitled to at least 12 square metres of living space. This comprises the actual room plus the communal rooms they share such as the kitchen, WC and bathroom or shower.
  • If you plan to let 5 or more rooms at 1 address, you must take additional fire safety measures. You must submit a Report on Use. You can find more information on this under Apply for an all-in-one building permit.

Furthermore, it is important that you:

  • provide your tenants with safe and healthy living conditions.
  • draw up rental agreements which meet the legal requirements. More information on this can be found on www.government.nl (in Dutch).
  • comply with the rules for maximum rental prices and rental increases. Information on setting rental prices can be found at www.government.nl (in Dutch).
  • ensure that all defects not caused by your tenant are repaired at your own expense.

Published: 25 October 2016Modified: 5 August 2019