21 April 2020 – Allowed tenants to extend temporary tenancies

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Dutch Government has allowed the extension of temporary tenancies, which could previously only be canceled or changed into permanent tenancies.

Under the new ‘Temporary Extension of Temporary Leases Act’, tenants who are coming to the end of a temporary tenancy can extend the tenancy if they are unable to find another home due to the coronavirus crisis.

The new rules apply to rental contracts ending between 1 April to 30 June 2020, with a possibility to extend. Rental contracts can only be extended once, for a maximum of three months until at least 1 September 2020. If the landlord had made agreements before 1 April, for example to live in, sell, demolish or renovate the house, they do not have to extend the contract.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/04/21/verlenging-tijdelijke-huurcontracten-wordt-mogelijk