If you are planning to stay less than three years, renting might be more beneficial for you.

You are spared the inconvenience of arranging major repairs or maintenance, as well as the risk of not being able to sell the property before your departure back home. There are many options for renting a property in the private sector in the Leiden area– both fully furnished and unfurnished.  

Finding a suitable home for you and your family is not easy if you lack knowledge of the local market. As an expat, you will require several non-standard conditions to be added to a tenancy agreement. For example, a diplomatic clause, which enables you to end a contract more easily.  It is also important to note that in The Netherlands there are two different types of rental housing available: social and private housing. Most housing in The Netherlands accessible to expats is private housing, but as a prospective renter it is good to be informed on the way the markets are structured and what each kind of housing entails.

Additionally, it may be useful to note the following facts if you plan to rent a property:  

  • You will pay rent in advance on a monthly basis.  
  • A months’ worth of rent as deposit is common. Some landlords require two months' rent. The deposit will be refunded as soon as possible after the lease has been ended.  
  • Major maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner. Minor repairs are your own responsibility.  

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