What is rental allowance?

Rental allowance is a subsidy provided by the Dutch government to residents on a low income with high rental costs. If you qualify for this allowance you should contact the ‘Belastingdienst’, the Dutch tax administration.

Who qualifies for rental allowance?

Only residents on low income and living in independent residences, with their own front door and private (unshared) facilities such as kitchen, shower and toilet, are qualified for rent allowance.

To find out if you are entitled to rental allowance, enter your details in www.toeslagen.nl, the website of the ‘Belastingdienst’.

Terms and conditions

A number of factors will influence your qualification for rental allowance, including the amount of rent paid, your current taxable income, your household make-up and any assets.

If you are 23 years of age or older the total amount paid for rent (including service charges) may not exceed € 710,68 per month.
Your gross annual income may not be too high.

For more detailed information on the rules for rental allowance please contact the “Belastingdienst” on tel. 0800-0543.

BSN & Digid

In order to apply for rental allowance you need a BSN (burgerservicenummer). The BSN is a Dutch personal identification number also known as the Citizen Service Number. In order to get a BSN, you need to register with the ‘Gemeente’ (Dutch local government offices/city hall).

You also require a DigiD to be able to apply for rental allowance. You can request a DigID from www.digid.nl, after your have registered with the municipality. Within five days you will receive an activation code in the mail. You can also request an application form by calling the ‘Belastingdienst’ directly on 0800-0543.


You need to inform the ‘Belastingdienst’ as soon as your living situation changes, for example changes in the members of your household, a change in income or a different address.

Starting date of rental allowances

You can apply for rental allowance at any time. When you sign a rental agreement and become eligible for rental allowance, the starting date of your allowance will be the first day of the following month. For example, if a rental agreement is signed March 17th, the start date of the rent allowance is April 1st.

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