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What is an HVV (housing) permit, and how do you obtain it?
What is an HVV (housing) permit, and how do you obtain it?

Moving to an area in Rotterdam that requires an HVV permit? Here is more information about acquiring it.

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Moving to an area in Rotterdam that requires an HVV permit? Here is more information about acquiring it.

In some advertisements in Rotterdam, after booking, you need to apply for an HVV permit. HVV stands for huisvestingsvergunning and indicates that a tenant, in this case, you, needs permission to live in rental accommodation in areas such as:

  • Carnisse

  • Hillesluis

  • Oud Charlois

  • Bloemhof

  • Tarwewijk

  • Some streets in Delfshaven:ome streets in Delfshaven: Grote Visserijstraat, Mathenesserdijk, Mathenesserweg, Schiedamseweg, Willem Buytewechstraat, Vierambachtstraat, 's-Gravendijkwal, 1e Middellandstraat, 2e Middellandstraat, and Middellandplein.

You can find more information about this on the website of the municipality gemeente Rotterdam.

To obtain the permit, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements are stated in Articles 8 and 10 of the Special Measures for Urban Problems Act.

Here's a quick overview of these articles:

Article 8: income

Have you lived in the Rotterdam region for less than 6 years? And do you want to rent accommodation in an area where a housing permit is required? Then you must meet the following criteria:

  • the tenant is economically independent

  • the income is higher than the Rotterdam social assistance standard

  • the tenant's income comes from:

    • Work (employment contract)

    • Independent profession

    • Own company

    • Voluntary early retirement

    • AOW pension

    • Retirement or survivor's pension

    • Student financing

Other forms of income are not allowed.

If you are going to live with someone who already has a housing permit and you are going to run a sustainable common household, you do not need Article 8 housing permits. This applies to spouses/registered partners, parents, children, sisters/brothers. Suppose you will not live with first- or second-line relatives, but you do form a sustainable common household. In that case, you must submit a statement of sustainable common household with your application.

Article 10: police screening

The Municipality will first investigate whether you have caused a nuisance or displayed criminal behavior in the past. If this is not the case, you are eligible for a housing permit. If this is the case, you will not receive the permit and cannot rent the accommodation. The main tenant and all persons aged 16 and over who move along are screened. You must have Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit to be eligible for a housing permit.

For a Residence permit, non-EU citizens must first make an appointment with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) to apply. After approval from the IND, you can make an appointment to register at the city hall. After submitting the required documents, your Citizen Service Number (Burger Service Nummer or BSN) will be issued.

If you have any questions regarding the HVV permit, please contact the Municipality directly or ask your advertiser for help in the application process.

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