A rent is often divided into basic rent and service costs. But what exactly does this cost mean?
The following costs may fall under the heading ‘service costs’:
Costs for energy (eg for electricity, gas and water). The lessor can pass these costs on to individual consumption, or distribute the costs on the basis of a distribution key.
Costs for housing, materials and the salary of the caretaker. These costs may only include the costs for the activities of the relevant tenant. These should be distributed on the basis of a reasonable allocation key.
Administration costs. In general, the administration costs are 5% of the total service costs.
Costs for cleaning and repair work.
Costs for the use of furniture and upholstery. For this, 20% of the sales value can be charged per year.
If the landlord wants to adjust the service costs, he needs permission from a majority of the tenants. The landlord is also obliged to transfer an overview of the costs incurred per year to the tenant of the dwelling. For example, the tenant has insight into whether the costs are reasonable. Do you want to object to the level of the service costs? Then you can do this at the Rental Committee .
Frequently asked questions about service costs:
We have listed some frequently asked questions about service costs and the corresponding answers for you.
Is an all-in rent including service costs?
In principle, with an all-in rent, all service costs are included in the rent and therefore there is no extra costs on top of the rent.
What are service costs?
Service costs are costs that are incurred for the use of a rental property.
Which costs are covered by service costs?
The following costs fall under service costs: gas, water, electricity, costs for housing, materials and any salary for the caretaker. In some cases, cleaning costs and fees for furniture and upholstery are also included as service costs.