Every room or apartment is bound by a legally permitted maximum rental price. Unfortunately it’s not easy to calculate this maximum. It should be done based on a legal point system. Both size, the amount of roommates you have, as well as the common areas are to be considered in the calculation. In this blog we will explain you broadly how to make a proper calculation. Because of the complexity of the rental prices law it is not possible to also explain you the exceptions on the point system. As a result, the exact rental price can differ from the result of this page. This blog will only explain you the point system used to calculate the price of rooms.
Do you rent a room in Groningen?
There are two different point systems used to calculate a maximum permitted rental price. First of all you need to figure out which point system is to be used for your housing situation:
Dependent living space (rooms)
A dependent living space is an accommodation with shared facilities. If you share the toilet and/or kitchen with other people, you are renting a dependent living space.
Independent living space (apartments)
An independent living space is a room or an apartment with a private toilet and also a private kitchen. If you share your bathroom, but you do have your own toilet and kitchen, you are considered to be renting an independent living space.
Please note that a studio is not a legal term. Legally it is not possible to rent a studio.
The point system for rooms
The point system for dependent living space consists of eight components.
The size of the room you rent determines for a big part how many points you will get. Each square meter will reward your room with five points. The size of the room should be measured at 1.50 meter height. Areas lower than 2.10 meter will not get any points for it’s size. A room of twelve square meters will get 12 x 5 = 60 points.
A room heated by a gas stove will get a maximum of three points for this component. If a room is heated by a central heating system, the size of the room has to be multiplied by 0.75 points. Using the same example; a twelve square meter room makes 12 x 0.75 = 9 points.
Having your own private kitchen in a separate room or having your own kitchen in a room larger than 25 square meters rewards 20 points. A private kitchen in a room between 15 and 25 square meters scores 10 points. For a communal kitchen you get four points. If you share the kitchen with more than five housemates or if your own kitchen is in your room which is smaller than 15 square meters, you will not receive any points for the component ‘kitchen’.
If you have a private toilet, you have to add 12 points. A shared toilet gives 2 points. If you share the toilet with more than five roommates or if the toilet can only be reached through the outdoors, you should not reward any points for this component.
5. Sanitary facilities
A private shower or bath gives fifteen points. A communal shower or bath for less than nine rooms awards 3 points. If you have to share your shower with nine roommates or more then you do not have to note points for the shower.
A private sink gives 10 points. A sink that has to be shared with less than six rooms is good for two points and a sink to be shared with more than five roommates does not give any points.
6. Quality factors
If you are able to regulate the temperature of your room in your room itself, you will get 3 extra points.
A private garden, balcony or terrace bigger than ten square meters gives 9 extra points. 3 Points are added for private outdoor spaces between four and ten square meters. A communical outdoor area larger than ten square meter is awarded with six points and if the area of the outdoor space is between four square meters and ten square meters, 2 points should be added. An outdoor area smaller than four square meters scores zero points.
Finally, we should see if any points have to be added for the bicycle storage, if any. If you have access to your own private lockable bicycle storage, you get 6 extra points. A common bicycle storage bigger than ten square meters is awarded with 3 extra points as well. If the bicycle storage is smaller than two square meters per tenant, no points will be awarded for the shed.
7. Minus points
The seventh component of the point system concern the points that have to be deducted.
- If the total floor area of your room is smaller than ten square meters, you may deduct ten points of the total number of points.
- The same applies to the situation where the pane area in your room is smaller than 0.75 square meters.
- Ten points will also be deducted if a façade wall is located in front of the main window within a distance of five meters.
- Finally, fifteen points are deducted from the total number of points in extreme conditions in the living environment in the form of noise nuisance as a result of rail or road noise.
It is important to mention that points for a particular facility are granted only once in the sense that a separate sink gets 10 points, but if you also have a common sink, you should not add any points for the common sink. In that case only the private sink has to taken into consideration.
8. State monument or protected cityscape
If your living space is located in a state monument, the landlord may add 50 points to the total number of your living space. A living space is a state monument if it is registered in the national monuments register of the Netherlands.
The rental price limits
Have you checked all elements and added all points up? Then check this file for the maximum permitted rent belonging to this number of points.
Pay attention! This concerns the basic rent. Any service costs must still be added to this amount. On average, a tenant consumes about 75 euros per month in service costs.
Protected city view
Under certain conditions, a landlord may add 15% to the maximum allowable rent. This is only added if;
- the house is located in a protected cityscape and;
- your landlord has incurred costs related to the characteristic monumental elements of the house and;
- your landlord has proven that these costs were necessary and;
- these costs are not negligible and;
- the landlord has made these costs recently.
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