What additional costs can my landlord charge?

What costs are, and which are not allowed?

What additional costs can my landlord charge?

Yes! You finally found a room! But at the signing of your rental contract you are suddenly confronted with all sorts of additional costs that you have to pay to your landlord. According to the owner of your house you are obliged to pay these costs. If you don’t, he will (obviously) give the room to someone else. But can your landlord charge these costs to you? In this blog we will talk about all the additional costs known to us that landlords try to pass on to tenants.

Pay attention! This article is about the costs that your landlord charges you. Do you have to pay costs to a rental agency? Then read about our service to reclaim the agency costs.

Administration costs

A landlord is not allowed to charge administration costs to a tenant. The costs for drawing up a rental contract are both in the interests of the tenant and the landlord. These rental costs are part of the normal tasks that go with being a landlord so that these costs are considered to be included in the basic rental price. Therefore your landlord cannot ask you to pay administration costs on top of the rental price.

On the basis of Dutch law you are able to reclaim your administration costs. The law recognizes these costs as an unreasonable advantage for the landlord. To reclaim administration costs, you must initiate a procedure with the subdistrict court. Unfortunately, the amount that you pay for administration costs is usually not high enough to start a procedure. But in combination with the overpaid service costs and the recovery of the deposit, this might be a possiblity.

Agency costs

If your landlord engages a third party, for example an agency, to help him rent out his house or rooms in his house, this does not change the situation described above. Agency costs are always at the expense and for the risk of the landlord.

Key money

Unfortunately it still happens that a landlord asks you to pay for the use of keys. For example, we recently advised a tenant who had to transfer 50 euros to his landlord before he received the key to enter his newly rented house. A landlord is not allowed to charge you for keys, even if the amount is higher or lower than 50 euros. The Dutch law considers key money an unreasonable advantage for the landlord. Usually, there is a clause in your rental contract stating that you are obliged to pay key money. If your contract does include this clause, it’s no problem to sign the rental contract anyway. The clause is considered to be void, meaning that even if you signed for it, the clause does not exist. You do not have to pay these costs to your landlord and you do not have to do anything to ensure that the key money clause is not or no longer valid.

Deposit

Does your landlord ask for a deposit equal to two or three months rent? I wish we could tell you differently, but this is allowed. The amount the landlord charges for the deposit should however be reasonable comparing to the size and failities of the accommodation you are renting. An amount of € 1500,= for an empty room of ten square meters will generally not be considered reasonable.

A deposit serves as a ‘guarantee’ for your landlord to cover the damage you caused to your living space at the moment you leave the house. Do you leave the house in the same condition as you had received it, and did you not cause any damages to your house? Then you will get the deposit back at the end of your rental agreement. A landlord should pay back the deposit within three months after the end date of your rental contract.

Never pay anything in cash

We can not stress enough that you should never pay anything to your landlord in cash. Not for the rent, not for the administration costs, no key money and especially not for the deposit.

Do you have additional questions about the above-mentioned additional costs? Feel free to contact Frently.

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