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Rent or buy a house in the Netherlands

Should you rent or buy a home if you’re living in a new country? Take a look at the pros and cons of each. Or let us help you make a decision. 


Renting or buying?



  • Tenants’ rights are well-protected in the Netherlands; your landlord can’t evict you without good reason.
  • You may be entitled to housing benefit.
  • The landlord is responsible for your home’s maintenance.
  • It’s not easy to make changes to your home, as you need the landlord’s permission.
  • You are not building up any capital in your home.
  • Your rent will usually increase every year.
  • If you’ve done any work to your home, you will often not recover the investment.
  • There is limited supply of rental housing in popular cities/areas, so you will likely face a long wait.


  • You know where you stand with your living expenses if you have a fixed interest rate.
  • You can deduct the interest from your taxable income, provided you meet certain conditions.
  • Repaying your mortgage means that you build up capital.
  • If house prices go up, the value of your home probably will too.
  • You are responsible for your home’s maintenance.
  • Higher fixed monthly costs, due to additional insurance, property tax and council tax.
  • Your living expenses could change if the mortgage interest rate changes.
  • Your home’s value may drop, leaving you to sell it at a loss.

Free orientation consult

Our experts in expats are always on hand to answer all your questions and we provide information in English. We explain the relevant Dutch regulations and legislation and what your options are.

Reasons for taking out a mortgage with ABN AMRO

Direct contact with a home expert

Videoconferencing makes it easy. Simply use your computer, smartphone or laptop.

Expert in Expats

Receive personal, expert mortgage advice to help you make the best decisions.

Discount on your mortgage interest

Client discount of up to 0.2% if you have an ABN AMRO payment package. And a sustainability discount of up to 0.15% when you buy an energy-efficient home or take further sustainability measures.