Inheritance law for expats in the Netherlands – key considerations

Inheritance is fundamentally a difficult subject to think about, but as an expat with family in other countries, it can be even harder as you have to deal with contradictory and confusing international laws during a difficult time. Here are some key considerations to simplify inheritance law for expats living in the Netherlands.

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Top 10 FAQ about divorce in the Netherlands for expats

The world is global, and so are today’s marriages. When it comes to getting divorced this can make it complicated – but for those who wish to divorce in the Netherlands, there are 10 tips which help keep it simple. Marjet Groenleer answers the top 10 most frequently asked questions about divorce for expats living in the Netherlands.

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Personal injury law in the Netherlands

The idea that personal injury claims are often settled through court procedures is an illusion. The reality is that in the Netherlands the vast majority – probably more than 90% – of personal injury law cases are actually settled out of court.

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The non-competition or business relations clause

Many employment agreements contain a non-competition clause or business relations clause. Employees would usually prefer to not agree to such a clause but they want the job and don’t want to annoy their new employer, so they sign.

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Six things to know about renting in the Netherlands

Are you new to the Netherlands? Or are you maybe just looking for a new place to live? Then you are advised to know your rights when it comes to Dutch tenancy law. Tenancy laws differ greatly from country to country, so what is common in your home country may not be the rule here.

Six main things to know

Here are the main six things you should know:

  1. Intermediary fees are paid to the intermediary or real estate agent (in Dutch: makelaar). These fees are only permissible if the intermediary agent is requested to and has performed services on behalf of the renter.
  1. In July 2016, the legislation governing temporary leases was changed. A landlord may offer one temporary lease of two years or less. After that the lease becomes indefinite. Should the landlord want to terminate the lease, he or she must notify the tenant at least one month but no longer than three months before the end date of the lease.
  1. Rents above €710.68 per month** are considered above the liberalisation law and thus protective rent-regulations do not apply. However, also in the case of a liberalised contract, the tenant may request the rental assessment committee to check if a rent is reasonable. Furthermore, increases in the rent are only allowed once per year, regardless of how much it is, and must be agreed upon in the contract.
    ** The above mentioned threshold amount of €710.68 per month is revised each year and may therefore be subject to change.**
  1. If you, as a renter, want to make any (significant) alterations to the property, you must get permission from your landlord, unless the intended alterations can easily be removed after termination of the tenancy agreement.
  1. Tenants are obliged to make small repairs to the premises. These include (but are not limited to): painting, repairing doorknobs, replacing light bulbs and making keys.
  1. If something about the property is damaged which reduces the enjoyment of the property, the landlord is obligated to make repairs, unless it is a small repair (discussed in number five above) or the damage is the fault of the tenant. Should the landlord refuse to repair the damage, you can take legal action.


We advise you to check your lease thoroughly before you sign to make sure that the contract is in line with Dutch rental law.

If you are having an issue with either your landlord or your tenants, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for advice.


This article was also published on the ACCESS website.

Update article: December 2017