Next to the advice we’ve given you about finding private living quarters or a room in a student house, there are some more things we think you should be aware of:
- The rent of all houses on campus includes expenses for gas, water, electricity and internet. If you are going to live elsewhere, this might not always be the case. Therefore, be watchful of which additional costs are to be expected next to the listed rent, such as local taxes.
- Always take note of which spaces will be all yours, and which you will have to share with others.
- If you are considering renting a space that comes with furniture, be aware that this might drive up the rent. Most of the times it is more lucrative to get your own furniture. There is an Ikea nearby in Hengelo, and there are several second hand stores in Enschede which offer good deals.
- If you have trouble finding a suitable living space on campus or in Enschede, you can also check options in Hengelo.
- Did you find living space? Now you need to sign up as a resident in your new municipality. This can be done up until five days after your rental contract has started.
- Rooms for students often aren’t very big. However, some nosing around on the internet might lead you to find creative solutions to making optimal use of your room.
- Do you believe your landlord is overcharging you? And how fireproof is your student house, actually? This can be verified through the “Check Je Kamer” (Check Your Room) website. Unfortunately, this site is only available in Dutch. However, you could ask a Dutch-speaking friend to help you.
Legal obligations renter and landlord
Legally renters and landlords have certain rights and obligations. If you believe your landlord is not sticking to all the rules, read the following text carefully. Nevertheless, don’t forget you are also expected to live up to your obligations.
- As a renter you are entitled to renting protection. This means you cannot be put out on the street overnight.
- Without your consent, your landlord is not allowed to enter your living space.
- The landlord is legally bound to supply or keep supplying gas, water and electricity if this was agreed upon in the rental contract.
- The living space has to be offered to you in a decent condition. Large-scale maintenance, like replacing an entire bathroom, is the responsibility of your landlord.
- You are obligated to pay your rent. Furthermore, you have to behave like a proper renter. This means, among other things, you may not destroy any parts of the house, nor bother your neighbors with loud noises or bad hygiene.
- When your rental contract ends, regardless on whose initiative, you should leave your living space behind in a proper state. The specifications for this may vary per landlord, but it is common to be asked to return it to the state it was in when you first entered it.
- Some rental contracts prohibit sub-lending of your room. If your contract states so, you should take this clause serious and not sub-lend your rooms to anyone else.
Are you still in doubt about your rights and obligations? It is possible to get a free legal consult about your living situation.