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Composition of the rent
The rental price can be divided into two parts; the bare rent and the service costs. The bare rent is the price for only the use of the 'bare' living space. All other costs on top of that are service costs. These are, for example, costs for upholstery and furniture, but also for gas, water and electricity or the cleaning of general areas or an internet and television subscription. The service costs are agreed upon between the tenant and the landlord at the conclusion of the rental agreement and differ per case. It is possible that a rental contract does not include anything more than just the delivery of the bare house, and therefore has no service costs. But in practice this rarely turns out to be the case.
The bare rent and service costs must be stated and priced separately
Because the landlord is legally not allowed to make a profit on the service costs, it is crucial to know for what and how much the tenant is paying. And the bare rent that a landlord can charge for a home is also bound by rules. For that reason, the rental contract must state the price for the bare rent and the service costs separately. If the contract only mentions one price for both the bare rent and service costs together, this is referred to as an all-in price. As a result, the tenant does not know how much he/she is paying for bare rent and how much for service costs and therefore whether he/she is paying too much for either one. The fact that a landlord uses an all-in price is therefore suspicious and an indication that the rent is too high.
Square Rent 'unpacks' your rental price
First ask the landlord to split the rent into bare rent and service costs. It is important to do this in writing, preferably by e-mail. If the landlord does not cooperate within the demanded period, please contact Square Rent within six weeks.
Square Rent assesses the rental price and your overall rental situation to see if and when you should take action. We start the correct procedure with the Rental Committee and represent you from start to finish. After obtaining a judgment, we ensure that the landlord complies with it, even if that means that a judge (still) has to be involved.
As our price we charge three times the achieved rent reduction. And if all Square Rent's efforts are not successful, you will of course not pay anything.
Anne has been renting a house for two years at an all-in price of € 500. The contract says that the rent is made up of bare rent and costs for gas, water and electricity. But the contract does not specify how much of the rent is made up of bare rent and costs for gas, water and electricity. The landlord does not cooperate with the request to split the rent. Square Rent then starts a procedure with the Rental Committee. The Rental Committee sets the rent at 80% of the original rent, in this case being € 400. From now on Anne pays € 400 for her total rent and thus saves € 100 per month. Anne pays Square Rent three times the monthly saving, so € 300.