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Don't agree with your rent increase? What to do?

Updated: Jun 17

Step 1: Written objection

If you disagree with your rent increase, for example because your rent increase is higher than the maximum rent increase, or higher than the maximum rent according to the point system, you can object. According to Article 7:253 of the Civil Code, as a tenant you must inform the landlord in writing before the effective date of the proposed rent increase that you do not agree with the proposal.

 

Step 2: Actions by the Landlord

If you file a timely written objection, within six weeks of the effective date of the proposed rent increase, the landlord may ask the Rent Commission to rule on the reasonableness of the proposal. In doing so, the landlord must include a copy of the proposal and your written objection.

 

Step 3: Requesting the Rent Commission

If you have not made a written objection before the effective date, but you still do not agree with the rent increase, then as a tenant you can request the Rent Commission itself within four months of the effective date of the proposed rent increase to rule on the reasonableness of the proposal. This is only possible if:


- You did not object in writing before the effective date and also did not show your agreement by paying the proposed rent increase.


- The landlord has informed you again in writing about the proposal within three months of the effective date of the proposed rent increase and you still do not agree.


Please note that you can only go to the Rent Commission if you are a tenant of social housing, in other words, if your monthly rent is lower than €879.66 (2024). Is your rent higher than that amount? Then you are renting in the free sector and then you can only ask the Rent Commission to test the initial rent within the first six months of the rental agreement (article 7:249 Dutch Civil Code).


Consequences of failing to act

If, after receiving the landlord's reminder, you have not petitioned the Rent Commission within four months of the effective date of the proposed rent increase, you will be deemed to have agreed to the proposed increase.

 

Summary


1. Object in writing before the effective date: Let the landlord know in writing that you do not agree.


2. Landlord can ask rent commission: The landlord can ask the rent commission for a ruling within six weeks of the effective date.


3. Bring in your own rent committee: If you did not object before the effective date, you can ask the rent commission for a ruling yourself within four months after the effective date, provided the landlord has informed you again in writing about the proposal within three months after the effective date.

 

Want to check whether your rent increase is according to the rules? The Woonbond has developed a handy tool for this. Do the check on https://checkhuurverhoging.nl/perjuli2024/


Want to know in which cases it makes sense to object? See https://www.huurcommissie.nl/huurders/sociale-huurwoning/huurverhoging-beoordelen/jaarlijkse-huurverhoging-beoordelen for a handy overview.


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