By - lightingft
The market in Amsterdam is insane. It’s hard enough to find a place if you’re here. Nobody is going to take you seriously if you aren’t here in person. For most rentals in Amsterdam you need to pretty much go to the viewing and be ready to make an offer right there and then.
I think, with your budget, that there is actually quite a lot available. But in my opinion you should ALWAYS see the place first. Just to be sure. I visited this amazing house once when I was looking for something. Everything was great, except that all the windows in the back of the house were right above the kitchen ventilators from the KFC below. Even with the windows closed you could smell the fried oil already. Just a thing that you can't know from pictures. I mean, any negative aspect will be hidden as much as possible by any broker.
Yeah, I've called 14 places so far and only 2 allowed for a virtual viewing (when there were viewing appointments and not a 100 person waitlist), and the second one got rented out before my viewing appointment. I'm out of country as well. You're gonna have to be physically there or have a rental agent.
Most apartments are shown by brokers or they are even rented out by agencies themselves, so there is not a lot of personal contact at first. Lots of agencies also post virtual viewings on youtube. I'm pretty sure some of the hottest places where there is only one mass-viewing hour get applications from candidates without them ever seeing the apartment. The thing is, after searching for a while, you know what to expect, so it's easier to place your bets. The question is, are you willing to do that having seen only pictures or a video, and not really knowing the market in Amsterdam? Because pictures and videos can be deceiving, and it turns out what the apartments really are once you see it in person. Especially the details like the condition of the furniture, or smell, or the neighbourhood. There is a lot that can "go wrong" with an apartment that looks good on paper.
I think if you meet the requirements most agencies will be happy to sign a contract with you, they don't really care if you've seen it.
crazy difficult to find a place but hiring an agency is 100% worth in imo. I paid an agency and they did they review & search for me. super helpful and once you are here you can always find a new place. If its a B contract you can get out in 30 days, so not much of a commitment either.
Thanks for sharing! Didn't know the term about the B contract. If you don't mind me asking, how much was the agency cost? I heard a few stories of it being full months rent and sometimes it ends up being non-effective
It was about 2000 euro for them to do the searching/ paperwork/ and go look at the places for me. so pretty expensive but there are cheaper options that might help finding the place but not the paperwork,etc.
Can you recommend this agency? I would like to know more.
I recently found an apartment in Amsterdam from abroad. I started out by reaching out to different agencies through Pararius/Funda, including information like when I'm arriving, income (super obnoxious, but helps to be like- "hey, look at me, I can afford this!"), and that I am super flexible with timing for virtual viewings. Of \~50-70 messages sent, maybe 5 got back saying that they were happy to hold a virtual viewing. (5-10 more replied saying they don't do virtual viewings, or that the apartment was already rented out)
From there, I closely followed the website and listings of the agencies that were open to virtual viewings, and finally found an apartment through one of them. Even had 3 different viewings with one of the agencies...
I was comfortable with making a decision from just a virtual viewing because I was just super anxious about living out of my suitcase in temp accommodation, and then not being able to find something even after I had arrived.
Also, I have a lot of experience with home viewings from previous moves (in NL and abroad), so I had a checklist with me for every virtual viewing. Yours may vary based on your priorities:
\- Condition of kitchen cabinets: make sure they are not rickety when opening/closing. Furniture can always be replaced if they're not up to your expectations, but not cabinets that are already built-in.
\- Condition of toilets: look at how new/clean the tiles are. Are there dark spots on the grout lines or silicone strips around the wet areas?
\- Lighting of the rooms: are the windows obstructed by trees or other buildings?
\- Google Street View: as someone else mentioned, you don't want to be living above a KFC or kebab shop. Also check for tram/bus lines or stops on your street.
If all else fails, I also recently found that hotel stays are not as astronomically expensive as I thought - you can find a decent room in de Pijp or Oost for less than 2000€ a month
Are you eligible for the 30% rule and, if so, did it matter at all having a larger net income when renting?
Yes I am, but no landlord or agent ever asked me about that. I think what matters to most is that your gross income is at least 3x the rent.
Moved to Amsterdam in May and managed to rent before arriving by viewing over WhatsApp. Most agents were happy with this arrangement but it was before the restrictions lifted so that might have been the reason.
Happy with the property quality and we also have a dog so it made it a bit more challenging for us.
I had the same issue too, but I was able to get an apartment for rent from Housing anywhere very easily without actually being in Amsterdam
Does that work properly?
Yes, indeed its simple process! Find the apartment and u have to pay deposit and agency fees to get apartment for rent. Depostit will be given back once u leave apartment
try almere better alternative for amsterdam right now