Affordable housing permit

Are you going to rent a property? Then you sometimes need an affordable housing permit. Apply for this on time at the municipality. Are you going to rent the property from a housing corporation? Then the housing corporation will arrange the affordable housing permit. You do not need to do anything yourself.

What is it?

If you would like to rent a property, you sometimes need an affordable housing permit. This way inexpensive homes are reserved for people who earn a lower income. 

The permit is needed for a self-contained residence:

  • which has 185 points or less. The rental price does not matter.
  • with a rent of € 975.92 or less (amount as of 1 July 2020). Even if the apartment has more than 185 points.

Do I need a permit?

See if you need a permit and if you are eligible for the rental property based on your income.

Affordable housing permit

What is the basic rent?

      Conditions

      Rent up to € 737.14 per month (amount as of 1 January 2020):

      • You are 18 years or older.
      • You and the members of your household have Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit for the Netherlands.
      • You can get an affordable housing permit for a maximum of 1 rental property.
      • The rental property must have at least 12 square metres of usable area per person.
      • Is the residential property larger than 80 square metres (living space)? Then at least 3 people must be going to live there.
      • The total taxable annual income of your household is € 47,325 or less per year.

      Rent between € 737.14 and € 975.92 per month. Or rental properties which have 185 points or less with a rent above € 737.14:

      • You are 18 years or older.
      • You and the members of your household have Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit for the Netherlands.
      • Will you be living alone? Then your taxable annual income is less than € 58,583 per year (amount as of 1 January 2020).
      • Are there 2 or more people in your household? Then your taxable annual income is less than € 68,583 per year (amount as of 1 January 2020).

        Needed for the application

        When you apply for an affordable housing permit, you will need a number of documents. The documents you need depend on your personal situation:

        • Proof of income:

          • A recent proof of income for yourself and (if applicable) the other members of your household. Recent means: from the last 3 months. This can be the salary slip from your employer or the monthly statement from your benefits agency or pension provider.
          • Are you coming from abroad and have you not yet worked in the Netherlands? Then you need a copy of a working arrangement or a proof-of-employment statement indicating your income.
          • Are you a self-employed entrepreneur? Then you need a statement from your bookkeeper or accountant. The statement must contain your present taxable annual income and the financial statement for the current year. In addition you have to submit an extract from the Chamber of Commerce about your business. Did you start up a company in the last 3 months? Then it is sufficient to submit only an extract.
        • A copy of the rental contract, signed by the tenant and the landlord. Or written permission from the landlord that you will be living in the rental property. Will you be living in the rental property but is the rental contract in somebody else's name (for example, your employer or parents)? Provide a brief explanation why the contract is not in your name. Include your explanation with the landlord's statement.

        You have another nationality

        If you do not have Dutch nationality, you need to include a copy of a valid residence permit for the Netherlands.

        Are you a citizen of a European Union (EU) country and you are not registered as a resident of the Netherlands? Then you need to include a copy of your proof of identity in the application.

        You are a student

        Are you a student and do you not have any earnings from work or benefits? Send a copy of your registration as a full-time student.

        You are divorced

        Is your rent € 737.14 or less per month, are you divorced and do you have children under the age of 18? Then you need a copy of the temporary separation arrangement or another legally valid document demonstrating how the custody or guardianship of the children has been arranged. This document must also show your current place of residence.

          Apply

          Are you going to rent a property from a housing corporation? The housing corporation will arrange the affordable housing permit for you. In all other cases you need to apply for the permit at the municipality. Due to the coronavirus you can only do this online at the moment.

          Online

          • Log in using DigiD.
          • Complete the Aanvraag huisvestingsvergunning (in Dutch).
          • Upload the attachments.
          • Opt to pay using iDEAL.

            Apply for affordable housing permit

              Online without DigiD

              • Download the paper Affordable housing permit application (in English) below.
              • Print it out and send it by email to wonen@denhaag.nl.
              • The municipality will process your application only once you have transferred the application fee of € 46.55. Please include the bank statement showing the payment transfer in your application. You can transfer the payment to: NL17 BNGH 0285037943 (Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten). Include in the message of the bank transfer: 'FA417 / HVV' plus the address of the property you are going to rent.
              Do you have DigiD? Submit the application using the online form Huisvestingsvergunning aanvragen.
              Affordable Housing Permit application (PDF, 207,6 kB)

              Fees

              € 46.55 in 2020.

              How long does it take?

              Did you submit all of the correct information right away? Then you can often get the permit within 2 weeks. Is your application incomplete or insufficient? The municipality will then contact you.

              Good to know

              • Did your family situation or income change while you have been renting? You do not need to apply for a new affordable housing permit.
              • Are you renting a property without an affordable housing permit while this is required? You can get a fine of € 410.
              • The affordable housing permit does not automatically mean you are registered with the municipality. You can register via Moving and immigration.
              • Are you renting a room (shared accommodation)? Or will you be renting a property with several people but you do not constitute a long-term joint household together (duurzaam gemeenschappelijk huishouden)? Then you do not need an affordable housing permit, because this is considered a room rental. The municipality has conditions for renting out a room.

              More information

              Do you have questions? Then you can call tel. (070) 353 40 37. This number is available from 9.00 to 10.00 hrs. from Monday to Friday.

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