1What’s the difference between inclusive and exclusive rent?
Rent in the Netherlands consists of the basic rent (kale huur) and the service costs (servicekosten), which usually come to around 25% of the basic rent. Renting inclusive in the Netherlands means that all service costs (gas, water, electricity, internet and the like) are included in the stated monthly price. If you are renting exclusive means that these costs will come on top of the stated price.
Therefore, the stated rent in housing ads can be misleading. Make sure you check whether the listed price is inclusive or exclusive. If the rent is listed exclusive, keep in mind that the amount you’re paying per month will actually be higher. Sometimes it is your responsibility to conclude contracts with service providers for electricity, gas, water and internet yourself. On the one hand, this causes more work, however, it could save you some money as you’re able to compare different service providers and choose the cheapest offer. There are tons of service providers for electricity, gas and water in the Netherlands. You can use comparison websites like pricewise or Independer to compare different deals.
Tip: If you are renting in the Netherlands inclusive, your landlord is obliged to declare the basic rent and the service costs in the rental contract and provide you with an overview of the service costs once a year. If the annual overview shows that the landlord has had to advance more for the service than was paid by the tenants, he or she may increase the service costs.
Some of the popular service providers for electricity and gas in the Netherlands are:
Popular service providers for internet and television in the Netherlands are: