Sophie Jonkers- Leembruggen has been an expat expert for 15 years and works at real estate agency Kimmel & Co in The Hague. Sophie will detail the most important tips & tricks for you to know when you’re looking at renting in the greater The Hague area. Can you rent a house without an estate agent, and what are things to look out for? You’ll find the answers below.
Can I rent a house without a real estate agent?
Of course you can get to work yourself. Keep the timeframe in mind: by when do you need a house or apartment? It’s not very wise, for example, to start looking over 8 weeks in advance, because there won’t be much available online yet. The rental market moves a lot faster than the owner-occupied market. Plan two days to take your time and view all the options, about 4 to 6 weeks before your official move.
What should I look out for?
It’s important to know that in The Hague, we talk about ‘gestoffeerde’ (semi-furnished) or ‘gemeubileerde’ (furnished) rent. ‘Gestoffeerd’ means that floors, ceiling lights, kitchen appliances, laundry machine/tumble dryer and curtains will stay behind. In case of ‘gemeubilieerde’ rent, everything stays behind, from sofas, beds, chairs and tables to cutlery and kitchen towels. Make sure your documents are in order, like a copy of your passport and an employer’s statement. Always look for a listed agent, so you won’t run into any unpleasant surprises, like double playments or contract costs.
What’s the added value of an MVA Certified Expat Broker?
A listed MVA agent will take everything off your hands, plan appointments, drive you to places, provide information about different neighbourhoods and locations and keep in touch with all parties, but most of all: advise you on whether or not to rent the property. He or she will negotiate the upkeep, price and conditions, the legal part and make sure the agreed conditions are actually complied with. They will also take care of applying to different suppliers and providers (like gas/water/electricity, TV and Internet), so you don’t have to deal with it.