Affordable housing permit

Are you going to rent a self-contained residence? And does the rental property have 185 points (approximately equal to a rent of € 950) or less under the rental valuation system? Then you need an affordable housing permit. Apply for this on time at the municipality.

How does it work?

If you would like to rent a self-contained residence, you sometimes need an affordable housing permit. The municipality will examine whether you are eligible for the rental property based on your income. This way inexpensive homes are kept available for people who earn a lower income. And it can ensure that residential properties are not being inhabited illegally.

Is the rent more than the rental limit of € 720 per month in the social housing sector? Then the landlord may decide how much rent he will charge. The quality of the rental property does not always determine the rent. If the rent is more than € 720 per month, the municipality will consult the rental valuation system. If the residential property has 185 points or less, an affordable housing permit is required. The municipality therefore does not determine how much rent may be charged but rather who is allowed to rent such a residential property. If the owner is renting out a property for € 1000, for example, while it is valued at 170 points, a permit is still required.

Do I need a permit?

Rent up to € 720:

  • Yes, a permit is required for a self-contained residence.
  • Are you renting a property in the social housing sector? Then the housing corporation will apply for the permit on your behalf. You do not need to do anything.
  • Does the rental property belong to a private individual? Then you apply for the permit yourself.
  • You will be assessed according to your income, the size of the property and the size of your household.

Rent between € 720 and 185 points/€ 950:

  • Yes, a permit is required if the self-contained residence is valued at 185 points or less according to the rental valuation system (this is approximately equal to a rent below € 950).
  • You apply for the permit yourself.
  • You will be assessed according to your income.

    Is the rent valued at more than 185 points? Then you do not have to apply for a permit.

      Conditions

      Rent up to € 720 per month:

      • You are 18 years or older.
      • You are renting the residential property from a private individual.
      • 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 for each person.
      • Is the residential property larger than 80 square metres (living space)? Then at least 3 people must be coming to live there.
      • The basic rent is below € 720 (the amount as of 1 July 2019).
      • Your gross annual household income (including holiday allowance) is € 46,238 or less.

      Rent between € 720 and 185 points/€ 950 per month:

      • You are 18 years or older.
      • You are renting the residential property from a private individual or a housing corporation.
      • You and the members of your household have Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit for the Netherlands.
      • Your gross annual household income (including holiday allowance) is € 57,053 or less for a 1-person household or € 67,053 or less for a household of 2 or more people (amount as of 1 July 2019).

        Needed for the application

        When you apply for an affordable housing permit, you will need the following documents:

        • The most recent income specification(s) for all members of your household for 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 a self-employed entrepreneur? Then you need a statement from your bookkeeper or accountant. The statement must contain your current gross annual income and the annual income from the previous 2 years. In addition you have to submit an extract from the Chamber of Commerce about your business.
        • A copy of the rental contract, signed by the landlord and the tenant.

        Is your rent below € 720 per month, are you divorced and do you have children under the age of 18? Then you need a copy of the temporary arrangement or another legally valid document demonstrating how the custody or guardianship of the children has been arranged.

          Apply

          Online

          • Log in using DigiD.
          • Complete the affordable housing permit application (Aanvraag huisvestingsvergunning).
          • Upload the attachments.
          • Opt to pay using iDEAL.

            Apply for affordable housing permit

              In person

              • Complete the affordable housing permit application (PDF) below.
              • Print it out.
              • Submit it at the information desk at city office Centrum or city office Escamp. You do not need to make an appointment for this.
              • You will need to pay the fees for the affordable housing permit when you submit the application. You can pay by bank card only.
              Affordable Housing Permit application (PDF, 200,5 kB)

              Fees

              €45.05 in 2019.

              How long does it take?

              A maximum of 8 weeks. Did you submit all of the correct information right away? Then you can often get the permit within 1 or 2 weeks. If the Public Housing department has not received all the information, you will receive either a letter or a telephone call.

              Good to know

              • The measures are applicable to rental contracts concluded as of 1 July 2019.
              • The tenant applies for the affordable housing permit. The permit will also be granted in the tenant’s name.
              • Are you a landlord? Then you need to check whether the tenant is eligible to rent the property and is required to apply for an affordable housing permit.
              • Are you a tenant or a landlord of a rental property without an affordable housing permit and is this required? Then you could get the following fines:

                • a non-professional landlord: € 5,000 (for a 2nd time: € 10,000) fine
                • a professional landlord: € 10,000 (for a 2nd time € 20,000) fine
                • the tenant: € 410 fine
              • You only have to apply for the permit 1 time when you are about to rent the property. Has your family situation or income changed? Then you do not need to apply for a new affordable housing permit.
              • You do not need an affordable housing permit if:
                • you own a home or you are going to purchase a home
                • you are renting a non self-contained residence (room rental)
                • you are renting living space on the basis of a campus contract
                • you are renting property on the basis of the Dutch Vacancy Law
              • The affordable housing permit does not automatically mean you are registered with the municipality. You can register via Moving and immigration.
              • Would you like to look at all the conditions and details of the affordable housing permit? These can be found in the Huisvestigingsverordening 2019 Gemeente Den Haag.

              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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