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Rent benefit in the Netherlands (huurtoeslag)

Rent benefit in the Netherlands (huurtoeslag)

Rent benefit in the Netherlands (huurtoeslag)

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 2019

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 earn below a certain level (see below).
  • You don't have too much capital (savings, shares, investments, see below).

Income requirements huurtoeslag in 2019

These are the age, rent and gross income restrictions for rent allowance:

Age: 18 - 22 years (single household)

  • Monthly rent: between 225,08 and 424,44 euros
  • Annual income:  22.700 euros or less
  • Your capital (savings or investments): 30.360 euros or less

Age: 23 - up to retirement age (single household)

  • Monthly rent: between 225,08 and 720,42 euros
  • Annual income:  22.700 euros or less
  • Your capital (savings or investments): 30.360 euros or less

Age: Retirement age (single household)

  • Monthly rent: between 223,26 and 720,42 euros
  • Annual income:  22.675 euros or less
  • Your capital (savings or investments): 30.360 euros or less

Age: 18 - 22 years (with fiscal partner)

  • Monthly rent: between 225,08 and 424,44 euros (if you have a child or your fiscal partner is older than 23: max. 720,42 euros)
  • Annual combined income:  30.825 euros or less
  • Your capital (savings or investments): 30.360 euros or less per person

Age: 23 - up to retirement age (with fiscal partner)

  • Monthly rent: between 225,08 and 720,42 euros
  • Annual combined income:  30.825 euros or less
  • Your capital (savings or investments): 30.360 euros or less per person

Age: Retirement age (with fiscal partner)

  • Monthly rent: between 221,45 and 720,42 euros
  • Annual combined income:  30.800 euros or less
  • Your capital (savings or investments): 30.360 euros or less per person

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). 

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