Q: I’ve been on your site for 20 minutes and still don’t get what you can do for me?

A: Basically we save you time by using code to sweep every listing, every 60 seconds, so you don’t have to spend hours of your life looking, you can just check your email. The fact we do it so often also means you will no longer be too late to respond. On top of that, since all listings we find are public, you don’t have to pay us any commission when you find a house.

Q: Where can I use RentSlam. I mean in which cities?

A: You can use RentSlam in every city in the Netherlands. Not all cities have many rental properties available, but RentSlam does work there too. So if you are venturing off to someplace most Dutch people haven’t even heard of, let us know. We will be able to put in the extra effort of getting you all the listings for that place.

Q: Can i search in more than one city or have several bedroom/price combinations?

A: Yes, you can create up to 4 different search profiles with 1 account. This means you can create multiple combinations to search. Either 4 cities at the same time, or various combinations of number of bedrooms and price, or even a mix of both.

Q: I’m new to the city and don’t have a good grasp yet on what are realistic expectations when it comes to budget v.s. preferences.

A: Thanks for asking, hopefully, we can shed some light on that for you. On our blog there are several price related resources we recommend, where you can see the average square meter prices in the cities we support. Please do note, however, these are averages, sometimes you get lucky and find a gem, sometimes you have to be patient and realistic. Amsterdam rental pricing information can be found here.

Q: You said if i use rentslam i wouldn’t have to pay a real estate agent but i’m still paying an agent and i don’t love that?

A: Ugh, this one really annoys us too. Real Estate agents are great for many people, depending on your situation. If you let a real estate agent do the search for you, they are entitled to charge you a commission. They spend lots of time helping you find a house and should be paid for that. But, if you find a house without the help of a real estate agent, then you do not have to pay them. We promise, and if you already have, you can still get your money back. Follow this link and let us know if you need help sorting this. You can also find the form needed to file for money back here.

Q: I applied to one of the amazing apartments you found for me but when i viewed it i was told that they don’t rent to students and i am a student, should i sent rentslam a glitter bomb?

A: It sucks that some people won’t rent to students, how age-ist of them. Unfortunately (and we know cause we always try) we can’t control other people’s actions. The minute we develop Jedi mind control-type abilities however we will let you know, if we’re not too busy taking over the world.

Q: All the places i seem to find have crazy high income requirements?

A: Yeah, those suck. But chin-up, cowboy, because not all of them do. Housing corporations often require your salary to be 3x the rent price/ month. With a real estate agent or private renters it’s usually less fixed and more flexible. Unfortunately, we have zero control over this and think it’s as bogus as you do.

Q: May i also find homes in the social sector through rentslam?

A: No. You’re looking for Woningnet Amsterdam or Woonnet Rotterdam, not RentSlam. Be advised however, the average wait time for Social Housing is around 10 years so you might also be looking for a time machine.

Q: Should i send you an angry email because rentslam emailed me a place they said was a match but was only for people 65+ and i am 30?

A: We’re sorry to hear that we emailed you a place that you couldn’t apply for, our service isn’t perfect. Though this has to be one of the only times being 55+ is better than being 30, so we encourage you to count your blessings, and we’re happy you looked here before firing off an angry email.

Q: I can’t find balcony or garden space in the preferences list, what’s the deal rentslam?

A: You’re not blind, that option isn’t available…yet. Often the listings leave those details out so it’s hard for us to find them and share them with you, but I promise we’re working on it.

Q: I want rent a house that allows pets, how do I find that?

Pet filters are unnecessary. There is no law that prohibits a tenant from bringing a pet. So even if the landlord doesn’t want you to bring along feel your sweet dog, he can’t forbid it. The only exception is when it is stated in the articles of the Owners’ Association (Vereniging Van Eigenaren). So you can ask about that just to be sure. Of course it is very different if your pet causes a lot of nuisance for the neighbors, then you may have to leave the house with your pet after a long legal process.

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