What is rent benefit?
Rent benefit is a subsidy provided by the Dutch government to residents on a low income with high rental costs. If you qualify for this benefit you should contact the ‘Belastingdienst’, the Dutch tax administration.
Who qualifies for rent benefit?
Only residents on low income and living in independent residences, with their own front door and private (unshared) facilities such as kitchen, shower and toilet, are qualified for rent benefit.
To find out if you are entitled to rent benefit, enter your details in www.toeslagen.nl, the website of the ‘Belastingdienst’.
Terms and conditions
A number of factors will influence your qualification for rent benefit, including the amount of rent paid, your current taxable income, your household make-up and any assets.
If you are 23 years of age or older the total amount paid for rent (including service charges) may not exceed € 710,68 per month.
Your gross annual income may not exceed €22.400,00 if you live alone.
If you live with your partner, your gross annual income may not exceed € 30.400,00.
If you are younger than 23 years old, your monthly rent (including service charges) may not exceed € 417,34. The rules concerning your gross annual income are the same as for people of 23 years and older.
For more detailed information on the rules for rental allowance please contact the “Belastingdienst” on tel. 0800-0543.
BSN & Digid
In order to apply for rent benefit you need a BSN (burgerservicenummer). The BSN is a Dutch personal identification number also known as the Citizen Service Number. In order to get a BSN, you need to register with the ‘Gemeente’ (Dutch local government offices/city hall).
You also require a DigiD to be able to apply for rent benefit. You can request a DigID from www.digid.nl , after your have registered with the municipality. Within five days you will receive an activation code in the mail. You can also request an application form by calling the ‘Belastingdienst’ directly on 0800-0543.
You need to inform the ‘Belastingdienst’ as soon as your living situation changes, for example changes in the members of your household, a change in income or a different address.
Starting date of rent benefit
You can apply for rent benefit at any time. When you sign a rental agreement and become eligible for rent benefit, the starting date of your benefit will be the first day of the following month. For example, if a rental agreement is signed March 17th, the start date of the rent benefit is April 1st.