Moving House in the Netherlands

Moving house is complicated: changing address, notifying electricity, water and telephone companies, your satellite provider, tax office, bank. This list of essential "to-do" items should simplify your move in the Netherlands...

Moving house always requires a lot of preparation and endless planning, but there are some specifics to remember when moving in Holland. Below are a few tips and points on all that must be done when moving house in Holland.

Town Hall

First go to the current Town Hall (Stadhuis) and cancel registration from the Register of Population. Then register at the new Town Hall.

Residence Permits

The Foreign Police (Vreemdelingenpolitie) needs to be informed as soon as possible of any change of address – the residence permit is only valid with an accurate address. The police will need to see proof of the new address (for example a rental agreement or Town Hall registration).

Post

The Netherlands Post Office can provide a mail redirection service. This is usually done by filling out a mail redirection form at the current Post Office. Sometimes there is a small fee for the forwarding service.

Driving Licence and Car Registration

Drivers who hold a Dutch driving licence or have a car registered in their name must notify the Department of Road Transport (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer or RDW) of their new address.

There is a call service for general information related to the Dutch driving licence:

  • P.O. Box 51 Infolijn
    Tel
    : 0800 8051
    Open: 09:00–21:00 weekdays
Insurance

Insurance companies need to be notified of a change of address. Home insurance may be transferred to a new property. If the description or size of the new home is very different, a reassessment may be necessary.

Social Security and Taxes

In Holland, taxes are deducted directly from salary. However, it is always advisable to inform the tax authorities about any change of address.

Utilities

Generally, when moving home, the utilities in the new location will already be connected, although the service will need to be re-registered in the incoming occupant's name.

People renting a flat or a house should ask the estate agent to arrange connection to the utilities, or contact the Town Hall for details of the local energy supplier (utility providers depend on the area).

Schools

As well as contacting the school to let them know the child will be leaving it is advisable to obtain copies of school records to give to the next school. The municipal offices in the new location should provide a list of state schools, and will see to enrolment.

Remember to Contact
  • Employer
  • Doctors/dentists in order to have any health records transferred
  • Banks where accounts are held
  • Any organisation where a subscription is held
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