How can I find a room if I cannot come to Maastricht for a viewing?
Most landlords offer their rooms via Maastricht Housing (www.maastrichthousing.nl) or other websites such as Pararius (www.pararius.nl) or Kamernet (www.kamernet.nl). Rooms are also offered via Facebook, for example via https://www.facebook.com/groups/116816401678059/
Most landlords have their online information in order and the offer can also be assessed on site without any viewing. If the landlord declines a viewing request due to possible risk of COVID-19 contamination, ask if the landlord has a video presentation of the living space(s) or if a video appointment (Skype, Zoom, etc.) is possible in the living space. Incidentally, some landlords still organize one-to-one viewings with students.
What if I now sign a rental contract and I cannot come in September, for example due to travel restrictions or because I do not have the required documents for registration for my study in time (diploma / visa / language tests, etc.)?
By signing a lease you enter into a legal contract with the landlord with all kinds of rights and obligations. Therefore, make sure that the landlord provides clarity about the cancellation grounds and conditions and the time until (free) cancellation is possible at the latest. Make sure that this is well documented in your contract or in another official manner (email or letter from the landlord, etc.). This prevents hassle afterwards and gives you the reassurance that if for any reason you can't come to Maastricht, you can cancel the lease. If this is not properly recorded, you run the risk that the landlord demands that you fulfill the contract and pay all the rent, even if you cannot come to Maastricht. Whether, and under what conditions, a landlord in your case wishes to cooperate in determining cancellation grounds and conditions is an agreement between you and the landlord. Experience shows that landlords deal with this very differently. That is why it is all the more important that you pay sufficient attention to this.
For more questions about the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords and the content of lease agreements, please contact the Housing Helpdesk: www.housinghelpdesk.nl. You can also contact this helpdesk for advice or legal support if you have any questions after concluding the contract.
Where can I find more information on how best to approach my search for housing?
On the website https://mymaastricht.nl/get-settled/housing/ you will find the best information about searching and finding housing in Maastricht. Here you will also find information about rights and obligations, costs, etc. It is best to start your search via the platform with the largest selection of living spaces: www.maastrichthousing.nl. For a one-time contribution of €35 you have access to all the offers of housing corporations, more than 85% of the offers of private letters and all 930 furnished rooms of Maastricht University Guesthouse.
If I have questions about finding suitable housing that are not answered online, where can I ask for help?
You can always contact the Maastricht Housing helpdesk with questions. They are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm via:
Tel: 0031 (0) 43 3885300
The helpdesk staff will gladly help you in your search for a nice place in Maastricht.