The rent benefit (huurtoeslag) is a government contribution towards your rental costs. It was initially designed for households with average earnings although most recipients are at the low-income level. Eligibility for the rent benefit, and the amount you receive depends on your age, who you live with, the rental price and the combined incomes of the household.
Requirements for rent benefit (huurtoeslag)
In order to qualify for the Dutch rent benefit, you (and your fiscal partner) need to meet the following conditions:
- You have a signed rental agreement with your landlord.
- You live in a self-sufficient home with bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
- You are registered at the same address.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You have a valid residence permit.
- You don't have too much capital (savings, shares, investments, see below).
From January 1, 2020, there are no more income limits. How high your income is allowed to be depends on your rent, your age, and the composition of your household.
Rent restriction 2023
You can't claim huurtoeslag if your rent is too high:
|Age||Rent per month*|
|18 - 23, no kids||Max € 452,20|
|18 - 22, kids||Max € 808,06|
|23+||Max € 808,06|
*Rent per month = basic rent + certain service costs (see here which service costs count towards the rent allowance)
Do you or your partner have any savings or investments? If that amount is too high on January 1, 2023, you can't apply for rent benefit.
|Max amount capital on Jan 1, 2023|
|No fiscal partner||€ 33.748|
|With fiscal partner||€ 67.496|
People with children or disabilities have slightly different requirements.
How to apply for rent benefit
When you meet all the requirements listed above, you can apply for rent benefit on the official website of the Dutch tax office (Belastingdienst) or Calculate your rent benefit (in Dutch) first.