Dutch housing terms to find accommodation in the Netherlands
House-hunting in the Netherlands? Here's a list of Dutch housing terms to help you find a room, apartment or house in the Netherlands, whether to rent or buy.
How do you say internet connection, furnished, security deposit, or rental period in Dutch? Here's our guide of useful terms in the Dutch language to help you find the ideal accommodation to suit your needs, whether you need to find a room, apartment or house in the Netherlands, for temporary purposes, long-term renting, or to buy.
Housing terms in Dutch
Types of accommodation
To rent: Te huur
For sale: Te koop.
Room (to rent): Kamer (te huur).
Only show rooms where you can register with the municipality/government: Alleen kamers waar inschrijven bij gemeente mogelijk is.
Subletting: Onderhuur (this may not be allowed by the housing corporation, so check this with the advertiser of the accommodation in question).
Also temporary rooms: Ook tijdelijke kamers.
Live-in landlord: Hospita (you will have your own room, but will share the house with the landlord).
Non-temporary/permanent: Onbepaalde tijd.
House/apartment to be bought: Koopwoning.
House/apartment to be rented: Huurwoning.
Semi-detached house: Twee-onder-een-kapwoning
Detached/stand-alone house: Vrijstaand huis
Terraced house: Rijtjeshuis
Listed building: Monumentaal pand.
Maintenance state/condition: Onderhoudsstaat.
When it was built: Bouwperiode.
Living space (in sqm): Woonoppervlakte.
Acreage of house (plus garden): Perceeloppervlakte.
Area (bedroom): Oppervlakte (for example, in shared accommodation or room rental).
Suitable for: Geschikt voor.
Date new owners/renters can move in: Oplevering.
Smoking OK: Roken toegestaan.
Pets allowed: Huisdieren OK.
Unfurnished but includes flooring, curtains, ceiling lights, kitchen appliances: Gestoffeerd.
Orientation/location: Ligging (facing south, north etc.)
Accessibility: Toegankelijkheid (for people in wheelchairs etc.).
Energy label: Energielabel (how energy efficient is the house/apartment)
Internet connection available: Internet aanwezig.
White goods (or kitchen appliances): Witgoed (of keukenapparatuur).
Washing machine: Wasmachine
Lounge room/salon: Woonkamer.
Central heating: C.V.-ketel (also takes care of heated water in bathrooms).
Fireplace: Open haard.
Terrace: area to sit in the garden – terras (if it is on a roof – dakterras).
Amount of roommates: Aantal huisgenoten.
Flatmates: Huisgenoten (gender, man/woman: geslacht).
Unemployed (not a student though): Werkzoekend.
Minimum/net surface: Min. oppervlakte.
Maximum rent: Max. huurprijs
How much is the rent?: Hoeveel bedraagt de huur?
How long is the lease?: Hoe lang is de huurtermijn?
Rental period: Huurperiode.
Security Deposit: Borg (usually equal to one month's rent. This will be returned to you if you leave the room in good condition).
Break clause: Ontbindingsclausule
Extra costs: Kosten koper, or k.k. (mentioned behind purchase price, e.g. EUR 400.000 k.k., meaning all costs involved in buying the house/apartment, such as taxes and notary costs, are not included in the price and to be paid by the buyer).
Costs included: Vrij op naam (opposite of kosten koper. This means the buyer does not need to pay these extra costs).
Capital transfer tax: Overdrachtsbelasting.
Open house: Open Huis (day where you can see the house/apartment without a prior appointment).
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