What conditions must I meet to be able to rent an apartment?

After registration, the suitable candidates are matched with the available apartments. But what makes a candidate suitable? It is important that you have sufficient income to pay the rent, now and in the future. That is why income guidelines have been established and we look at your income situation in the future. In addition, it is necessary that you are able to pass a credit check.

Rent under €1.300: 3,5 x rent
Rent above €1.300: 3,25 x rent
Demonstrable long-term income
Able to pass a credit check

Income guidelines

Income guidelines have been drawn up to ensure that you can pay the rent every month and also bear your other (fixed) costs. To avoid disappointment during the registration process, you can calculate yourself whether you can meet these guidelines. It is important that you as a tenant (s) can meet these guidelines yourself. A guarantee from third parties is not allowed due to additional risks. Because the houses are rented out in the free sector, it is not possible to receive housing benefit.

For apartments with a rental price under €1.300,- per month:

Minimum gross monthly income of 3.5 times the monthly rent
A second income counts for 100%.

For apartments with a rental price above € 1.300,- per month:

Minimum gross monthly income of 3.25 times the monthly rent
A second income counts for 100%.

Equity on a Dutch bank account If you have equity of at least € 50,000 and it is important to count this in order to comply with the income guidelines, we will count 10% of the assets as income on top of your gross annual income.


If you are employed, it is important that you have an employment contract of at least 6 months, supplemented with a letter of intent from your employer to extend the contract afterwards. To calculate your gross monthly income, look at your gross monthly salary on your salary slip. All amounts stated on your employer's statement count towards this, including holiday pay and a fixed bonus and thirteenth month if applicable.

Social benefits or retirement

If you can demonstrate that you can structurally meet the income requirement with your social benefits, this will count as the first or only income. In addition, a benefit also counts if it concerns a second income. Student finance is a loan and therefore does not count as income. In case you receive pension you can find your gross monthly income on your pension overview.

Entrepreneurs / self-employed

As an entrepreneur you can also rent an apartment in Plaza West. You are eligible if you have had your own business for more than 1 year and your net profit before tax demonstrably meets the income requirement. You can demonstrate this with annual accounts for the most recent closed financial year, drawn up by an accountant or trust office. Good to know: a deposit of 3 months basic rent is required if you are going to rent a home in Plaza West as an entrepreneur.

Good to know about renting in Plaza West

You can only rent a house in Plaza West if you are going to live there yourself, and after the move you register at the rented address in the Municipal Personal Records Database of the municipality of Haarlem. You rent the house for at least 1 year. After that, the rent can be terminated on the first of the following month, with a 1 month notice period. An example: you indicate on April 19 that you want to cancel the lease, then the lease ends on June 1.

The final matching is done on the basis of the information you provide, including information about your income and your housing preference. It is therefore important that you fill in the registration form completely and truthfully. All data is later checked by means of a document check and a credit check.