When you are renting out your property, you will have to deal with certain taxes. These will have to be divided between tenant and landlord. There are four taxes that are always brought to light: property tax, sewerage charge, waste collection tax and water authority tax.

The different taxes
Property tax
(OZB in dutch) is a tax that you pay if you own immovable property. The value of the real estate is called the WOZ value. This also determines the level of the property tax. This tax is an official owner’s tax and may not be passed on to the tenant.

Sewerage charge is a tax that you pay for the removal of domestic water, drainage and storage of rainwater, the maintenance of groundwater levels and the costs for construction or management of sewerage.

Waste collection tax is used by the municipality to pay for the collection and processing of household waste. The waste collection tax is usually sent by the municipality in the first three months of the year.

Water authority tax is paid for the purification of wastewater and for maintenance of for example streams, ditches and dikes. This tax is twofold and consists of: ‘water system levy residents’ and ‘purification levy living space’. Here, ‘water system levy for residents’ is a fixed amount per year per household and ‘purification levy for living space’ is a fixed amount per year per pollution unit.

Who pays what?
Although waste collection tax and water authority tax are taxes for users, we almost always include this in the rent. We almost always include gas, water, electricity and the additional taxes in the rent, when renting out a furnished home aimed at expats and international students. We therefore recommend fully including rental and provide a rental price in which these costs are partly passed on. This also provides a service to the tenants, because arranging and paying for these items themselves is often difficult due to the many changes in tenants (and most of the taxes are billed annually). When you focus on tenants who want to rent for a year or longer, there is a possibility to have this paid by tenants of course.

When you choose to rent out an unfurnished apartment you can choose to rent out excluding gas, water and electricity. You can of course do this without additional taxes. When you choose to rent out your apartment unfurnished, you choose to focus on a less profitable market: the Dutch market.