You may temporarily rent out your vacant property. For example, if your property has been for sale for a while. You apply to the municipality for a permit to do this.

Do you already have a permit?

And is this permit valid for less than 5 years? Then you do not need to renew it. Your permit is still valid for 5 years. You can ask the municipality to confirm this.

How does it work?

You can apply for the permit for the following vacant properties:

  • a property that is for sale and has never been occupied
  • a property for sale in which the owner has lived during the 12 months before it became vacant
  • a home for sale that has not been rented for more than 3 years in 10 years
  • A rental property that is being demolished or refurbished
  • a rental property for sale

Until when do you get the permit

  • property for sale: 5 years
  • rental property being demolished or refurbished: 2 years (extension to a maximum of 7 years)
  • housing for which you have a zoning exemption: for as long as the exemption lasts (maximum 10 years)


Via central government website:

Application for permit for temporary rental of vacant residential property

Application for renewal of permit for temporary rental of vacant residential property 

You can send the form in 2 ways:


Send temporary rental form

By mail

Municipality of Zoetermeer
Attn: VVH Department
PO Box 15


permit for temporary rental of vacant property€ 51,33

Price changes and typographical errors reserved.

How long will it take?

After approval, you will receive the permit at home within 8 weeks of application.


Have you obtained a permit for temporary rental? Then the normal rules for rent protection usually do not apply. However, the rules from the Empty Homes Act do apply:

  • The tenant has no rent protection when the lease ends.
  • The lease is for a minimum of 6 months.
  • The tenant has a minimum notice period of 1 month.
  • The landlord has a notice period of at least 3 months.
  • The lease ends when the vacancy permit expires.


Do you get a permit to rent out your property that is for sale? Then you may agree on the rent with the tenant. In all other cases, the rent may not exceed the price stated in the permit.