Avoid scams and fake offers
Some people try to take advantage of the high demand for housing and aim to scam you with a fake offer. On this page you can find more info on how to recognise a scam, and which safety measures to take into account when you search for housing online.
Too good to be true
The room offered to you seems very cheap and/or central. The advertiser may be very flexible regarding the start of rent, furnishing and other requests. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is!
The advertiser seems overly nice, ignores your questions, gives no clear answers and/or uses text-like sentences. They may also ask you to continue conversation outside the (paid) platform.
Scammers usually use photos from other ads, a stolen identity, and standard rental contracts. They may first pose as a current tenant to seem reliable.
They operate from abroad
Scammers usually post in English on platforms and social media, they usually don't speak Dutch, do not live in the Netherlands and have a foreign bank account
No viewing option
Scammers usually will not be able to show you the room in person or via live video for various reasons
Requests for payment
Scammers will pressure you to transfer money, often via anonymous money transferring services, before a viewing. They may say that if you wait with a payment they will offer the room to someone else.
Do's and don'ts
Know what to expect
Read up on the average costs for housing and the competitive viewing system. If you know what to expect of the Dutch student housing market this can help you recognise offers that are too good to be true.
Research the offer
Try to verify that the agency, the address, the photographs, and landlord are legitimate. When in doubt, don't take the risk.
Arrange a viewing
Set up a meeting and view the room in person or via video chat. If you do not live too far away you could consider coming to the Netherlands before the start of the semester so you can attend viewings in person.
Be careful on social media
Tenants often search for new housemates on social media. Scammers take advantage of this, and are especially active in housing search groups on social media like Facebook. Scammers may pose as an existing tenant or landlord.
Don't make unsecure payments!
If you intend to enter into an agreement with a private person, we advise you not to make any unsecure payments in advance. If you are still looking to transfer advanced payments, know that some platforms such as Kamernet offer a secured payment service. This way your money is kept safe on a server, until after you have received the key.
Don't communicate outside the platform
If you use a platform like airbnb, Kamernet or HousingAnywhere, make sure you do not enter into communication with the advertiser outside the platform.
Don't share your personal data
When you respond to an ad, don't share personal documents like copies of your passport or bank statements and credit card numbers. If you do intend to send documentation be aware of the risks of identity theft and fraud. Also know that the Dutch Government offers an app that allows you to watermark documents and black out personal information (App store / Play Store).