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Find a home in Amsterdam

For many of us, the idea of living in a beautiful city with a tonne of culture is the dream. The capital city of Holland, Amsterdam, located in western Europe is a fine example of just one of these cities. Amsterdam is a place that is often thought of as a great destination for a short holiday break, but if you love the lifestyle and want to make the move a little more permanent, then you're bound to need a little advice.


For many of us, the idea of living in a beautiful city with a tonne of culture is the dream. The capital city of Holland, Amsterdam, located in western Europe is a fine example of just one of these cities. Amsterdam is a place that is often thought of as a great destination for a short holiday break, but if you love the lifestyle and want to make the move a little more permanent, then you’re bound to need a little advice.

Find a home in Amsterdam

So, you want to live in Amsterdam, do you?

Well, in a way, you’re in luck! Although Amsterdam is a gorgeous city in its own right, it doesn’t quite have that massively sought after status that London, New York, Tokyo and the like have, and it’s still pretty easy to find a property to live in there – providing you know what you’re looking for!

Being a capital city, Amsterdam has a popular rental market, and although not as difficult as the larger, major cities, you may still find getting that perfect home more difficult than you’d like!

There are three main types of housing in Amsterdam:

Public housing rental, known as sociale huurwoningen in Dutch, is essentially the same as council housing in the UK. The properties are owned by the local authorities and let to tenants; this is generally more affordable than private renting or buying your own property, and no housing permit is required on these properties.

Private sector rental is similar to public housing, except for the fact that it is owned and maintained by the landlords, who rent to you directly. These houses are assessed on a number of criteria and given points in relation to these things. Should a private sector property score more than 141 points, you will require a housing permit for the property.

Rental properties are generally considered to be the best option for those not looking to stay in the city long-term (generally considered to be any period of time over five years). This is because, although there are fewer housing rights, there is also a lot less responsibility.

If you’re planning a long stay, then perhaps you’re thinking of buying a property? As always with a situation so permanent, we recommend doing plenty of research before committing to anything, both in the area you’re thinking of living in and the property itself. There are many monetary benefits of obtaining a hypotheek, or mortgage, for a property in Amsterdam, and although you will have more responsibility for the house you’re living in, you’ll also have an increase in rights to go alongside this.

Real estate, redefined

Moving to a different city, or even a different country can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be! No matter where you live in the world, we at Domobase can connect you with the finest Real Estate Agents and Landlords in the area you’d like to move to. All you need to do is download the app, fill in your details, or link up your social media profile and we’ll have an expert industry professional get in touch with you within a few days.

 


Charlotte is the content creator for Domobase, a freelance content marketer and creative fiction writer. When not scribbling away, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.