Rent allowance

Rent allowance (huurtoeslag) is a contribution from the Dutch state in the costs for renting your home. The rent allowance contribution is income dependent and available for Dutch residents living in a rental. 

Rent allowance (huurtoeslag) is provided by the Dutch tax office. The amount of rent allowance depends on your rent amount, income and wealth position and number of room mates. Lower income renters receive relatively more contribution in rent allowance. 

Income ceiling for rent allowance

The income ceiling of your income is determined by your (box 1, 2 and 3 combined. As of 1 January 2020 no income limits are set for the rent allowance. Your income limit depends on the rent, your age and the composition of your household.

Rent ceiling for rent allowance

The rent ceiling, the maximum rent plus service cost of your rental, determines whether you qualify for the rent allowance. Rent (including service costs) beyond the set limit are excluded from rent allowance. The rent limit is set annually by the Dutch cabinet.  For 2020 the rent ceiling is € 737.14. The ceiling is lowered to € 432.51 if all occupants of the rental are younger than 23 years (except for a living-in child). 

Qualifying rental

A qualifying rental should be have an exclusive entrance door (with lock) to the rental and be equipped with a kitchen and bathroom. Some rentals, such as holiday chalets and boat houses are excluded.  

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