Utility contracts in the Netherlands
Unless you are moving into an apartment where the rental price is inclusive of utility costs, one of the first things you will need to do in your new home is to connect to the utilities such as gas, electricity and water in addition to the internet, TV and telephone. Here is a thorough guide on how to set up your gas, electricity, water and internet contracts.
Gas & Electricity
In most cases, gas, electricity and water are already connected to your property. The only thing you need to do is to transfer the existing contract details regarding the gas, electricity and water from your predecessor’s name to your name and change providers if you wish. Setting up your energy connection is very simple and straightforward and you can do it yourself by contacting the dutch energy provider directly.
To help you further, here is a list of all the largest energy providers in the Netherlands:
- Essent (customer service by Easy Nuts in English)
- Green Choice (customer service by Partner Pete in English)
- Budget Energie
If you are uncertain about which dutch energy provider to select you can visit websites like Pricewise, consuwijzer.nl, energievergelijken.nl who will help you select the best deal for you by providing impartial comparisons between the different utility packages or deals offered by different dutch utility providers. Once you have selected the energy provider, setting up an account with a provider is very simple. You can do so by contacting them directly via telephone or their website.
Additionally, if all these seems very time consuming and difficult then you can also opt the easy way and eliminate the hassle by hiring a utilities connecting company such as easynuts.nl or partnerpete who will take care of getting everything such as energy, internet, TV, phone, water and even insurance connected for you within 24 hours to 48 hours.
In order to set-up, here are the list of documents you will require:
- Meter readings at the date of move in
- A valid identity proof (passport or ID card)
- Proof of occupancy (rental contract or house deeds)
- A dutch bank account or your BSN number given to you from the municipality.
When it comes to setting up your water supply, you’re not required to make your own decisions. Water suppliers in the Netherlands are administered regionally. The Dutch water providers have each been assigned a certain region of the Netherlands and cannot be selected by the consumer. To see which water company covers your area, visit www.vewin.nl and enter your postcode in the box Zoek uw waterbedrijf, or ask at your local gemeente. Registration is very straightforward and can be done through their respective websites.
Some of the major water suppliers are:
- Rotterdam: Evides
- Amsterdam: Waternet
- Den Haag/Leiden: Dunea
- Utrecht: Vitens
- North Holland: PWN Waterleidingbedrijf
Registration can be done in two ways. You can either directly register yourself on their website or by telephone. However, after applying, you are entitled to a “cooling down period” of 14 days, which is required by law. During this time, you have the opportunity to cancel your application without any consequences. Once the 14 days are up, cancellation will most likely require a fee.
Connectivity in the Netherlands is among the highest and fastest in Europe. Setting up an internet connection requires you to choose a connection type and provider. There are many different Internet providers in the Netherlands, offering Internet via cable, ADSL/VDSL and fibre optics. However, in certain cases the connectivity in your house depends upon the location of your residence, age of the building, connection points of the building and various other factors as not all connectivity providers are available in all areas. Prices vary depending on provider and what package you select; generally, the faster the Internet, the higher the cost. Signing up is easy and usually done online or via the phone.
Here is a list of the top internet providers in the Netherlands:
If you are uncertain about which internet provider is best suited for your needs, you can visit websites like prijsvergelijken.nl and breedbandwinkel.nl to compare pricing, performance and other specs across all available providers.
What documents do I need to set up my internet connection?
- A valid proof of identity (Not driving license)
- A rental contract
- A Dutch bank account