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Can I go to the Rent Commission?

As a tenant, you can go to the Rent Commission in various situations. As a tenant, you can go to the Rent Commission if you disagree with the initial rent. According to Article 7:249 of the Dutch Civil Code, you can request the Rent Commission to rule on the reasonableness of the agreed rent up to six months after the start of the rental agreement.


Can someone who rents in the free sector also go to the Rent Commission?


Yes, but only in specific situations. As a tenant of a property in the free sector (i.e., a property with a rent above the liberalization threshold which is 879,66 euros in 2024), you can go to the Rent Commission within six months of the start of the rental agreement to have the reasonableness of the initial rent reviewed. However, for other issues, such as disputes over the annual rent increase or service costs, tenants in the free sector cannot go to the Rent Commission. In these cases, tenants and landlords will have to reach a solution among themselves or possibly initiate court proceedings.


And what if I didn't go to the Rent Commission in the first place, but my landlord now suddenly proposes a high rent increase?


Then, according to Article 7:253 of the Civil Code, you can request the Rent Commission to rule on the reasonableness of the proposed rent increase. You must do this before the proposed rent increase takes effect and you must declare in writing that you disagree with the landlord's proposal.

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