Net and Gross rent
Your rent payment consists of the net rent, and if applicable, an additional component for the deposit for service charges and/or fuel costs and/or the maintenance subscription.
The net rent (also referred to as the basic rent) is the amount you pay for the use of the accommodation, and this is laid down at the start of the tenancy. The rent will increase every year based upon what has been agreed in the tenancy agreement and/or based upon legislation and/or as a result of modifications (improvements) to the accommodation.
The gross rent is the monthly amount payable by the tenant. The gross rent is calculated by adding the net rent, the service charges and/or fuel costs and/or maintenance subscription.
Service and/or Fuel Costs
Besides the basic rent, you also pay a monthly deposit for the service charges and/or fuel costs. The service charges and/or fuel costs are costs for various general facilities, insurances and services for the individual accommodation or the entire complex.
The services charges for the accommodation include, for example, costs for the 24 hr maintenance service for the central heating system. As far as the building is concerned, you have to take into consideration, for example, the (cleaning) costs for the communal areas, the communal electricity usage, and the glazing insurance. The actual costs incurred are calculated at the end of every year. Every year, any excess or insufficient payments will be settled with you. The amount of the deposit may be adjusted depending on the annual cost calculations.
Certain flats are not equipped with an individual central heating boiler. The tenants of these flats therefore pay a deposit towards their heating costs. The actual costs incurred are calculated at the end of every year. Every year, any excess or insufficient payments will be settled with you. The amount of the deposit may be adjusted depending on the annual cost calculations.
AHAM Vastgoed offers existing tenants the opportunity to take out a service subscription. For new tenants, this constitutes a fixed part of the agreement. If you opt for a maintenance subscription, some of the maintenance tasks, for which the tenant is responsible in accordance with the Minor Repairs Decree, will be carried out by and on behalf of the landlord. This will incur a small monthly cost for you. See ‘Service and liability’ for more information about the Service subscription.
Rent Increase for Rented Accommodation
(Annual) Rent Adjustment
The annual rent increase takes place on 1 July. Every year, the authority determines the max. percentage, by which the net social housing rent may be increased. The rent increase for private sector accommodation is based upon what has been agreed between the tenant and the landlord in the tenancy agreement and/or what is permitted by law. The tenant must be notified of the new rent 2 months prior to the effective date. You will therefore, at the latest, receive a rent increase letter by 1 May of every year.
Besides the normal rent increase for social housing, the rent may also be increased depending on the income of the tenant. Every year, the Minister decides which income categories will be affected by this rent increase, as well as the percentage of the income-related rent increase.
Non-residential Rent Increase
The tenant and the landlord are free to agree upon the non-residential rent increase at the start of the tenancy agreement. The legislation differentiates between different types of commercial premises (non-residential). If the landlord and the tenant fail to agree upon a rent adjustment, you must know which system is applicable to your rented premises in order to determine your legal recourse.