Taxes and Utilities when living in Rotterdam

As in every city you have to pay taxes and pay for gas, electricity and water usage. This page gives you and overview about the Rotterdam taxes. You can also find more about the latest taxes on the Rotterdam website. Usually the taxes are send by mail to you in the infamous blue envelop (pictured).

Taxes Rotterdam
Taxes Rotterdam

Taxes Rotterdam – owner

  • Real estate tax is calculated on the value of your house. This has to be paid by the owner of a house or the owner and user of a business real estate.
  • Water board taxes is charged to cover the cost of the sewers and has to be paid by the owner of the house. Moreover, the costs for treating of waste water is charged separately by the Water Boards and not by the municipality. For more information you can contact the Dutch Water Authorities.

Taxes Rotterdam – tenant

  • Domestic waste tax is meant to cover the costs of collection and processing of domestic refuse. This has to be paid by every household.
  • Dog tax is charged annually. Dog owners are required to submit relevant information to Belastingen.

Overview taxes Rotterdam 2017

Waste tax 1 person 2 or more
Yearly costs € 293,20 € 332,90

Dog tax 1st dog every extra dog
Yearly costs € 102,20 € 161,80

Sewage tax 1st dog every extra dog
Yearly costs € 102,20 € 161,80


In general you have three kinds of utilities: gas, water and electricity. However, some buildings have “blokverwarming” or “stadsverwarming” meaning heating provided by the apartment block or city. If you have this your gas costs should in general by lower because you don’t need it for heating.

As tenant is normal to be directly connected to the utilities company. Below you will find some utilities providers

Gas & Electricity

When you start renting – please make sure you will get connected to the utities asap as they might cut you off. To put you back on the grid, you will charged! If you sign up within 2 weeks, you will be fine!


The Netherlands has great quality water running through its pipes, often tested cleaner then bottled water! Possible waterproviders are Evides or Vitens.


How to get an apartment in Rotterdam

There are so many available apartment, rooms and apartments out there but still it feel almost impossible to get the right place according to your needs (and most of the time, your budget). How is this possible and why is it so difficult? And more important, how do I get this great place ASAP?

Tip 1  – Set your budget right!
First of all, you have to know what you can spend because this will be the most important factor influencing all the other items about location, type of residence, short term/long term etc. Your monthly budget should consist out of the monthly rent, utilities and taxes. Utilities for a 70m2 flat for normal usage are around 70 euros a month for 1 person. This is a very general costs but take it into account and ask the owner or agent what the previous tenant spent. For taxes, you will pay around 15 euro’s a month, but please check for the latest prices – in english too.

Apartment Rotterdam - how to get one easier
Apartment Rotterdam – how to get one easier

Tip 2  – Know exactly what kind of place you want
Secondly, it is very important to know what you are exactly looking for. Starting a search for “a place to stay” will give you many hits, but likely not the place you are looking for. So think of what kind of place you are looking for: an apartment, a house, a room etc. When you have done that, try to be more specific, for example do you I want a furnished apartment or unfurnished and do I want a big or small apartment or maybe even a studio. If you prefer to rent a room, then also decide what kind of place you want. You can have typical student place, this give you probably some better rates but can be a bit dirty too.

Tip 3  – Define your location
Thirdly, have a little search on what area in Rotterdam you are looking for. Do you rent an apartment in the city center, with all the city action there, or do you prefer a more quiet area outside of town?

Tip 4  – Approach the landlord like you apply for a job..
…the light version then.

Read the following messages which are perfect examples of how not to approach the agent or landlord:

Hi do you have apartments?

What about depozit?becuose where we live her they sold apartment and we must go from here until monday if you wait with depozit litle bit we can come and look ?now we can pay for one month and.litlle bit later depozit what you say?

Or this one

How much we pay for apartment?

Both approaches doesn’t give the landlord a lot of confidence in financial stability, interest and manners. It is much better to give more background about yourself, what you are planning to do in Rotterdam, what kind of apartment you are looking for etc. This will give the landlord more confidence in you and that you will be a good tenant and it will be easy communicating with you. See the next approach as example:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m contacting you regarding the apartment you offer for rent in Rotterdam. From the picture and the description about the place I can see that it really suits what I’m looking for ?

I’m originally from Spain but live in the Netherlands for almost 3 years now. I first did a master at the TU Delft and since last year I’m working at Cargill.

I’m currently living in a nice apartment in Blijdorp with other two girls but unfortunately out landlords are coming back home so it’s time for me to look for a new place. I’m looking for a beautiful and furnished house in Rotterdam, and I would specially like a quiet neighborhood so that’s why I think your house is perfect for me. My idea would be to look for a friend to move in with and share the costs of the house.

Would it be possible to schedule a viewing soon? And if you have any other questions please let me know ?


This tells the landlord that this is a well behaved girl, with a job and what knows what she want and has a clear plan. If you would be the landlord, based on the 3 messages, which one would you invite your apartment in Rotterdam?

Tip 5 – Try to speak to the landlord when you view the apartment.
Just as when you are applying for a job, the owner of the apartment wants to have a good relationship with the tenants. When are invited to the apartment on the place you want in Rotterdam, then try asking the landlord some questions about the apartment. What the utilities costs are for example, tell a little bit about yourself etc. Also, if you do, tell the landlord you like it and that you really want to have it. This will set you before the other tenants.

Tip 5 – Last but not least, be flexible!
The landlord obviously wants to rent out the apartment as soon as possible. If the place is granted to you but will only be able to start 2 months later, consider to move that to 1 month or even rent it directly. If you are planning to stay longer in Rotterdam, the costs of an extra month over several years is actually not that much.

Well located 3 bedroom Short Stay Apartment

Located in the nice area of Kralingen, a short stay apartment is available with 3 bedrooms, suitable for 4 people. This apartment is perfect for families who stay and work here. The apartment has a large light living room with big windows and classical details. In the livingroom you will find the kitchen as well and the doors to the garden will give you access to the great garden.

Available as short stay but also for longer periods of time. Contact us for more information.

Optional Services

  • Cleaning Service
  • Dry-cleaning service

Short Stay Apartment Rotterdam

On a great location at the heart of Rotterdam you will find this short stay apartment. Fully Furnished, including internet and TV.

This 1 bedroom apartment gives you the perfect combination between work and free-time. Because of it’s location you will be at work in a no-time and you will be able to enjoy a relaxing drink after a work as well. In the apartment you will have all the items you need and together with the personal touch you will find yourself at home fast.

Optional Services

  • Cleaning service
  • Dry-cleaning service

Beautiful Short Stay Noordereiland

In the quite but central location on the Noordereiland you can find this beautiful furnished apartment available for short and long stay. This apartment is great if you prefer working close to the city but still want to have a little peace after work. Also this apartment is great for businessmen who work at Unilever or Deloitte or anywhere else on the Kop van Zuid.

The recently renovated apartment is suited with all the items you need like free WiFi, cable television and weekly cleaning. The apartment is light and has one bedroom.

Optional Services:

  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Pick-service
  • 24 hours standby help

Short Stay Rotterdam Central Apartment

In the center of Rotterdam you will find a short stay apartment for rent from € 99 / day. Includes TV + Internet

The expat flats in urban center center have high classical windows and great finishing on the high ceilings. Of course, the room is absolutely luxurious and well outfitted and has skilled instrumentation to relax after a busy working day. Free internet and WiFi.

The absolutely great location within the urbna center gives you the best base for your business stay.

Optional Services

  • cleaning service
  • laundry, dry-cleaning service

Short Stay Apartment City Centre Rotterdam

Fully Furnished apartment in Rotterdam available for Short Stay. Includes Cable TV & Internet. Located in the city centre with an excellent view over the city, you will find this 2 bedroom apartment.

The furnished apartment in city is a luxury two chamber apartment of seventy m², situated on the primary floor of historic area from 1901 has been recently restored by associate architect. Close by you’ll find several great restaurants and a good range of cafe’s and bars, each stylish, warm and cosy. At a mere five minutes walking distance there area unit variety of world-famous museums, like the Boijmans-van Beuningen and therefore the NAI.


Optional Services

  • Weekly Cleaning


Accommodation Rotterdam – what place should you choose?

Rotterdam is the city of the Netherlands with huge growth in popularity (even WSJ and NYtimes start writing about it), so you are at the right place, but now you need to have a place to sleep. Let us find the perfect apartment for your Rotterdam stay. Whether you are searching for the height of luxury in the city centre or a bargain in trendy Blijdorp, no other website offers as varied a range of accommodation types as Housing Rotterdam.

We can help you find all accommodation types including Rotterdam apartment rentals, Short Stay Apartments, Corporate Housing, Long Stay Furnished Apartments and cheap rooms.  We have brought together the very best Rotterdam accommodation including, exclusive to this website, our perfect selection of Rotterdam Apartments and a huge collection of  short stay apartments. Also we are working on a short stay accommodation project where you can sign up for.

Choosing the Right Type of Rotterdam Accommodation

We offer a selection of hand-picked short stay apartments, corporate apartments and a studios, but in particular we recommend our Rotterdam Short Stay apartments. The are apartments which are privately owned offered on a nightly basis, with levels convenience, comfort, privacy and value that directly challenged the hotels.


Choose the right accommodation Rotterdam
Choose the right accommodation in Rotterdam

Rotterdam City Lofts – For the ultimate stay in Rotterdam

If you want to experience how it is to live in the city centre like an expat, look at the city loft page. Here you will find a fine selection of high quality apartments, right in the heart of Rotterdam. You will experience all the luxury and convenience, ranging from free WiFi to cleaning services and additional options as well.

Studying at the Erasmus University? Sign up for the short stay accomodation for students!

A lot of students are planning to study in Rotterdam and are looking for the right accommodation. The first challenge is where to stay? In our districts page, you can find a description of the main districts in Rotterdam. For example students who prefer a quite area close to the Erasmus University should consider Het Lage Land. Others, who would to enjoy the nightlife and more student like experience can look at area’s in Kralingen or Blijdorp – but they need to expect higher pricing there.

Also, Housing Rotterdam is planning a short stay accommodation especially created for students who will study only for 3-6 months in Rotterdam at affordable rates! Please contact us for more information!

Our Rotterdam Apartments

Housing Rotterdam has a wide variety of accomodation in Rotterdam. The offer changes constantly and not all apartments are on our website, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information! Also, if you are a business, we are able to help you. We have several options to provide your employees with housing, close to your work or close to the city!

Rotterdam Noordereiland District

The Rotterdam Noordereiland District is a very special one in Rotterdam. Noordereiland means Northern Island and is a small island in the river the nieuwe maas and is connecting Rotterdam Zuid and the city centre, as you can see on the map below.

Rotterdam Noordereiland
Rotterdam Noordereiland

This small island of only 67 ha. is connected to the northern part of Rotterdam through the red bridge called the Willemsbrug. This area is in general pretty quite, since it is not close to any main roads. The location is great, however it can be a little difficult to access the city. There is no subway station and using the car to go to the city is not recommended. However, there are busses going to town are you can do as the dutch do, take the bike!

Rental Apartments Rotterdam Noordereiland
It is difficult to describe a typical rental apartment in this area. There is a great discrepancy between old and new buildings, however apartments on the North side facing the city centre remain very popular. You can find good rental apartment in the “Koopvaardijhof” and the right tip of the island. Also try looking for apartments at the Maaskade, this is the side facing the city centre.  Since there is no typical apartment here, it is hard to put a price on it. Just keep in mind the normal prices for a short stay or furnished apartment.

This area is not known for a lot good places to eat and drink. The best advice is to go to the Kop van Zuid or to the Markthal on the other side of the Willemsbrug. What you can do is go eat in the summer at the fish restaurant A la Plancha. This is a great restaurant on the riverside serving fresh fish and other seafoods.

La Plancha Rotterdam
La Plancha Rotterdam



Rotterdam Delfshaven District

Rotterdam Delfshaven is a district which still has the old building from before WWII. The bombing in 1940 missed this area, giving it is typical appearance. The area is located West of the city centre and is located at the river the Nieuwe Maas. It takes some time to reach Delfshaven by car  since you have to cross the city. Public transport is reasonable in this location. However if you don’t mind using a bike, then all the nice places in Rotterdam are very well attainable.

Rotterdam Delfshaven district on Google maps
Rotterdam Delfshaven district on Google maps

Rotterdam Delfshaven Apartments
The apartments in Rotterdam Delfshaven are relatively cheap to it’s location. Expect prices between € 800- € 1000,- for a 70m2 apartment. The apartments can be a bit less luxures than other areas but you can find those as well. The more luxures apartments will be furnished apartments. Also, this area is known for problems with the foundation of the buildings, some some of them are not 100% straight. However, might this be the case in your apartment, these problems should be solved by the landlord.

Leisure in Rotterdam Delfshaven
Rotterdam Delfshaven is not a very big area which results in an OK supply of bars & restaurants in the area itself. However there are some, for example you have the following:

Next to that the area is at walking distance from the famous barstreet “De Witte de Withstraat”, so you will be fine.

Also you will find the Euromast on walking distance where you can see the magnificant skyline from Rotterdam while having dinner. Also you can it is possible to go abseiling from the euromast as well! See below for more information and an impression.

Euromast Rotterdam
Euromast Rotterdam