If your rent is too high in relation to your income, you may be eligible for a rent allowance. You will then receive a contribution towards your living accommodation expenses from the Tax Authorities.
Rent allowance for residents of 'reserved accommodation'
Are you an international student or international guest staff and do you live in furnished 'reserved accommodation' via your educational institution? In this case, you are unfortunately not eligible for a rent allowance.
Eligibility for rent allowance
Occupants of residences and some rooms can apply for a rent allowance if their net rent lies within the limits set by the government. In 2015, you can apply for a rent allowance if your net rent is not lower than € 229.64 and not higher than € 403.06. If you are 23 years or older, an upper limit of € 710.68 applies. You have to have a Dutch 'Burgerservicenummer' to apply for rent allowance. Read more in the Manual_housing_allowance.pdf
Rent allowance for rooms
Occupants of rooms can only apply for a rent allowance if they live in an ‘allocated accommodation building’ and the net rent (‘basic’ rent plus some service costs) lies between € 229.64 and € 403.06 (situation for 2015). If you are 23 years or older, a rent limit of € 710.68 applies.
The advertisement for living accommodation always mentions whether you will be eligible for a rent allowance if you rent the room. Do you doubt whether you can apply for a rent allowance? We can help you with this, so do not hesitate to contact us!
Making a test calculation
At www.toeslagen.nl, you can make a test calculation of the amount of your rent allowance. Here, you can also download the application programme. For more information, you can also call the Tax helpdesk on 0800 - 0543.