Thinking of renting out your Amsterdam apartment? Whether you’re relocating, moving to bigger digs, or an investor with property to let, 27 House Real Estate has put together a list of the 10 things you must do to ensure a successful rental experience.
Located in Amsterdam’s picturesque center, 27 House Real Estate is the specialist for international realty. Fluent in both Dutch and English, the team at 27 House Real Estate can guide you through the rental process from the first meeting to aftercare, all while emphasizing a smooth and safe rental process.
Here are their top 10 tips for the best and safest ways to rent out your apartment:
1) Make a List of Your Intentions
Do you want to rent the property temporarily or indefinitely? Are you planning to return to live there or are you keeping it as an investment? Will you be personally involved with the rental process or will you have it managed by your agent? What tenant and rental contract would suit you best? The minimum rental period for renting long-stay is 6 months. All periods shorter than that are considered short-stay and other laws and rules apply. The agents at 27 House Real Estate can guide you through the latest rental laws and regulations to ensure you get the tenant you want for the duration you want.
2) Does Your Apartment Fall Into the Free Sector?
Engage a professional company to do an official point count to determine how much rent you can charge. Enough points place your property in the free sector, which makes renting it financially viable. Too few points make your property social housing, which is set below a legally established level of points and subject to unique laws and contracts which may make the property not worth renting due to the maximum rent you can ask. If your property falls just a few points below the free sector, ask the company doing the point count to advise how to get enough points to make it into the free sector. Once you are in the free sector, 27 House Real Estate can help you.
The agents at 27 House Real Estate can guide you through the latest rental laws and regulations to ensure you get the tenant you want for the duration you want.
3) Choose a Rental Agent
A good rental agent can help relieve the stress of Amsterdam’s fast and potentially overwhelming real estate market. A licensed agent is part of an association such as VVA or VBO and can connect you to the Funda database for access to properties. Find an agent through word of mouth or online searching, be sure to read the reviews, and then start the conversation. Ask their fees, and expertise with rental contracts and legal issues so you are protected and well prepared.
4) Prepare Your House
Will you rent your property furnished or unfurnished? Make an inventory list of what items you are leaving, and determine the standards of cleanliness you expect the space to be left in. An agent from 27 House Real Estate can help you set standards.
5) Know Insurance, Laws, and Rules
Be sure to know which insurance you need to have and which laws and rules apply in regards to your mortgage, bank, or VVE when renting out your apartment. Your 27 House Real Estate agent can help and inform you.
6) Photograph the Property
Good photographs are important as they leave a lasting first impression of your property. Look for an agent who works with a good photographer to arrange a photoshoot and help with styling advice.
7) Describe your Property
Create enticing text to describe your property. Focus on your target group of renters, and if they are international consider using different languages. The agents at 27 House Real Estate can help establish appropriate marketing.
Never sign an offer you are not fully happy with! Your agent should represent you and your conditions and should have confirmed the appropriateness of the tenant including employment and salary.
8) Presentation is Important
Make sure your property is clean and neat for viewings. Remove all personal belongings and eliminate any lingering smells. Flowers are a great way to make a good impression.
9) Receiving a Rental Offer
Never sign an offer you are not fully happy with! Your agent should represent you and your conditions and should have confirmed the appropriateness of the tenant including employment and salary. Your agent should also do check-in and check-out inspections to avoid any issues with deposit returns.
10) Remember Utilities
Don’t forget to apply for your subscription to utilities such as internet and TV contracts at the address if they are not included in the rent once the renter assumes the lease.
27 House Real Estate is happy to help you make all the right moves. If you would like to have more information about renting out your apartment, our services and fees, visit their website for a free intake and receive a free professional photoshoot*.
*When renting in December 2019 or January 2020, after closing a rental agreement the costs for the professional photoshoot will be deducted from the total agency fees.
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