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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 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.
  • Your income is not too high (see below).
  • You don't have too much capital (savings, shares, investments, see below).

Restrictions huurtoeslag in 2020

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

You can't claim huurtoeslag if your rent is too high:

Age Rent per month*
18 - 22, no kids Max € 432,51
18 - 22, kids Max € 737,14
23+ Max € 737,14

*Rent per month = basic rent + service costs

Capital restriction

Do you or your partner have any savings or investments? If that amount is too high on January 1, 2020, you can't apply for rent benefit. 

  Max amount capital on Jan 1, 2020
No fiscal partner € 30.846
With fiscal partner € 61.692
Co-resident rent benefit? A co-resident can't have more than € 30.846 of capital

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.

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