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To live in certain neighbourhoods in Rotterdam you need a housing permit (HVV). This means that as a tenant you need permission to make use of a rental house.

You have to make an appointment by calling (010) 267 16 25 to submit an application for a housing permit at the Department of Public Service.

It concerns these neighbourhoods:

  • Carnisse
  • Hillesluis
  • Oud-Charlois
  • Bloemhof
  • Tarwewijk

And also in the following streets in Delfshaven:

  • Grote Visserijstraat
  • Mathenesserdijk (addresses in postal code 3026)
  • Mathenesserweg
  • 1e Middellandstraat
  • Middellandplein

When do you need a housing permit?

A housing permit is required for all independent and non-independent rental living quarters. It does not matter how high the price. Submit the application for a housing permit with your registration. You can apply for a housing permit when you have the Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit and you are at least 18 years old.

Moving to a HVV address with current residents

If you move to a HVV address with an existing household and you will not be part of this household, you must also apply for a HVV. The exception is if you join the current resident to become a part of the common household. In this case you must submit a completely filled-in declaration common household during your appointment. It also requires a copy of a valid passport or valid identity card of the current resident. The municipality will check whether you are actually part of the common household.

What do you need for the application?

  • A valid passport
  • For non-European students, a valid residence permit or an entry visa sticker in your passport
  • A completely filled-in application form housing permit. Please fill out this form in advance.
  • A conformation of your registration at the educational institution
  • If applicable an approval from DUO in case of a study grant
  • If applicable a completely filled-in declaration common household with a copy of a valid passport or valid identity card of the current resident.

Costs

The application for a housing permit is free of charge.

Please note! The municipality of Rotterdam can impose an administrative fine if you deliberately provide incorrect information for the BRP. This fine is an incentive to make sure that everyone registers properly and passes on correct information in good time.