You can share your home in two ways: landlord rental (lodging) and room-based rental.
Landlord rental (lodging) or room-based rental?
In the case of landlord rental (lodging) you must be present at the main property and use it as your main house, and you should use at least 60% of the property independently.
In the case of room-based rental, you rent out space in your home to a third and/or fourth person. You need a permit for this type of rental.
Requirements for room-based rental
- There must be a shared living area;
- You must meet sound insulation requirements;
- Every resident must be registered with the Amstelveen local authority in the BRP (Basic Registration of Persons);
- No other permits for house sharing may be granted through room-based rental within a radius of 50 metres from the property;
- If you live in an apartment complex, no more than 10% of the building may be used for house sharing through the room-based rental permit.
You do not need a permit if two people are house sharing. You are not allowed to house share with five or more people through a room-based rental.
To read all the conditions, please download the file that is attached below. You can find more information and explanation in chapter 6.
The local authority will check that you are following the rules, to prevent unauthorised use of houses in Amstelveen. We use the instrument: "order subject to a penalty payment”. With the new housing policy that has come into force, we are using a second enforcement instrument that can be used in addition to the order subject to a penalty payment: the administrative fine. However, a transitional phase is needed for the administrative fine. The order subject to a penalty payment and the administrative fine will be used as follows:
Until 1 July 2019
- When a house is rented to no more than 4 people, the local authority will provide information about the possibility of applying for a permit.
- When a house is rented to 5 or more people, it is not possible to get a permit. The local authority will then take enforcement action using an order subject to a penalty payment. No administrative fine will be imposed at this stage.
Between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019
- In the case of a house share without a permit, the local authority will impose an order subject to a penalty payment. The landlord will receive two warnings stating that an administrative fine may also be imposed. After the second warning, a penalty and an administrative fine will follow.
From 1 January 2020
- In the case of a house share without a permit, the local authority will impose an order subject to a penalty payment. The landlord will receive one warning stating that an administrative fine may also be imposed. If the landlord breaks the rule again, an administrative fine will be imposed.