General
I want to rent an apartment in Westbeat. What should I do?

Please make sure if you can meet the income requirements for the apartment of your preference. If this is the case, you can start the online registration. This means that you can register for a personal digital file where you can safely provide requested personal information, list your preferred apartments and upload the required documents.

Is it possible to view the apartment prior to renting it?

You must be very curious what the apartments will look like! Due to safety guidelines on the construction site, it is not possible to just drop by. On the website you can find impressions to give you an idea of the final result and in the FAQ you can read more about the quality of the apartments at the time of delivery.

When will the apartments be ready for delivery?

 

 

The apartments are expected for delivery in the last quarter of 2020.

A lot of professionals are working daily to deliver these amazing apartments on time. But there can be unforeseen circumstances that can delay the construction. For example extreme weather conditions such as strong wind or frost, but also delayed delivery of construction materials. You will be informed well ahead about the final date of delivery.

Do I have to pay service costs on top of the monthly rent?

Yes, service costs are applicable for the apartments in Westbeat. This includes costs for maintenance and usage of the common area’s. The amount for the service costs has not yet been established, but it is expected to be around € 100 per month.

Can I receive housing allowance while renting in Westbeat?

The apartments in Westbeat are being let in the private sector. It is not possible to receive a housing allowance. You can only receive housing allowance if the monthly rent is below € 737,14.

Am I allowed to share an apartment with a friend?

Yes, the apartments in Westbeat can be shared with a friend. This is only allowed if you meet the income requirements and if you both register with the municipal basic administration.

Am I allowed to bring my pet?

Of course you would like to bring your furry friend or goldfish to your new apartment. This is allowed, as long as this does not cause any inconvenience for your neighbours. Make sure your pet does not bark all day, and does not cause any damage to your apartment or the common area’s.

What is the effect of the measures regarding corona on the construction and expected delivery?

On this website we mention the expected delivery of the apartments. At this time, the contractor expects that these dates will be realistic. However, the delivery date could be postponed, for example if delivery of certain construction materials is delayed or if there are further limitations as determined by the government. We will keep a close eye on this and if you are interested in renting an apartment, we will of course inform you about the date of the key handover.

Keep this in mind when selling your current home or ending your current rental agreement.

What are the advantages of renting?

Renting is carefree and luxurious. You have fixed monthly costs, and no unexpected high costs for maintenance. The risk of the depreciation of the apartment lies with the landlord. Also, renting is flexible. You rent an apartment for a minimum of 1 year, after which the agreement can be canceled as of the first of the following month, with 1 month’s notice.

On top of that, you enjoy living in a modern and sustainable apartment, with a luxurious bathroom and complete kitchen with appliances, and low energy costs. Without making any investments yourself. Does something break in the apartment and a repair is needed? We will be ready to help you!

What is the minimum rental period?

You rent an apartment for at least 1 year. After that, you can terminate the agreement as of the first of the following month + 1 month notice. So for example, if you terminate the rent on the 19th of April, it means that the contract ends on June 1st.

Who is allowed to rent and live in an apartment in Westbeat?

You are allowed to live in an apartment in Westbeat if you register yourself at the rented address in the Municipal Personal Records database (GBA) of the municipality of Amsterdam, and live in the apartment yourself. It is not allowed to rent out the apartment for a short or longer period to third parties (short stay, Airbnb and so on). The signatory(s) of the lease and children are the residents of the apartment.

Income & assessment
What are the income requirements?

To rent an apartment in Westbeat, it is important that you are able to pay the rent every month. That is why you have to meet the following income requirements to be eligible for an apartment:

Minimum gross monthly income of 3.5 x the monthly rental price including the rental price for the parking space (if applicable);
With two family incomes, the second income counts for 100%;

Equity
If you have equity on a Dutch bank account and this is important to include in the calculation, we will count 10% of the equity as income on top of the other annual income. Equity starting from € 50,000.00 can be included in the calculation. In addition to your equity, there must also be a fixed income.

Can parents or other third parties act as guarantor if I cannot meat the income requirements?

No, it is not possible to rent with a guarantee of third parties. To be eligible for an apartment in Westbeat you need to have a reliable long-term income that meets the requirements.

How are the apartments assigned?

Based on availability.

Do student grands / studiefinanciering count as income?

Student grands / studiefinanciering is a loan, so it does not count as income.

Can I rent an apartment in Westbeat as an entrepeneur / self employed?

Yes of course! As an entrepreneur you can rent an apartment if you have your own company for at least 2 years and meet the income requirements. We will ask for a financial statement of a closed financial year, prepared by an accountant or trust office. The result ( net profit before tax) will be used as your year income. The average net winst over multiple years will be used as your gross income.

It is good to know that we ask entrepreneurs for a deposit of 3 months rent at the time of signing the rental agreement. The deposit needs to be in possession of the landlord before the key handover.

Is it possible to rent an apartment as a temporary worker?

It is important that you can pay the rent now, and in the future. That is why it is required to have an employment contract for at least one year, supported by a letter of intent by your employer. If you have a temporary contract you cannot meet these requirements. If you are employed through a secondment agency, we will look at your contract and additional terms to determine if you are eligible for an apartment.

What criteria do I have to meet to be eligible for an apartment?

To be eligible for an apartment, it is important that you meet the income requirements. As a tenant, you must be able to pay the rent by yourself, a guarantor is not allowed. Next to that it is important that you can pass a credit check.

Registration has opened, so you can start your online application right now! We will ask you to provide information about your income, which we will use to calculate if you can meet the income requirements.

Registration
I want to rent an apartment in Westbeat. What should I do?

Please make sure if you can meet the income requirements for the apartment of your preference. If this is the case, you can start the online registration. This means that you can register for a personal digital file where you can safely provide requested personal information, list your preferred apartments and upload the required documents.

Where can I find the registration form? And where can I upload the requested documents?

At the top of this website you wil find a bright button saying “sign up!”. This will take you to an external website, to create a new online account in “Mijn omgeving”. This is an online personal dossier where you can safely upload the required documents and fill out personal information.

Which documents do I have to provide?

An important part of the online registration process is to upload the requested documents. Without complete documents we cannot process your registration.

The documents we need depend on your personal situation. Mainly, we will need documents regarding your identity and income situation.

Do I have to pay registration or agency fees?

No, registration fees or agency fees are not applicable.

Before (or during) the signing of the rental agreement, the first month rent and the deposit (if applicable) need to be transferred using internet banking. A deposit is only required in case you are an entrepreneur, you are not able to fully meet the income criteria or other special situations.

Do I have to pay a deposit?

In the case that one of the main residents has a temporary contract, it is necessary to pay a deposit of one month rent. For self-employed / entrepreneurs we ask for a deposit of three months rent.

Quality & delivery
The apartments in Westbeat have a Hotfill connection. What does that mean?

A Hotfill connection is a way to connect your washing machine directly to the hot water tap. This way, your washing machine does not have to do the heating of the water, which is saving energy. The dishwasher, included in the kitchen, will also be connected through a Hotfill connection.

With a Hotfill washing machine, you can save 10 to 35% in energy costs. But, not all types of washing machines are suitable to be used with a Hotfill connection. As a tenant you can choose whether or not to make use of the Hotfill connection for the washing machine.

While using the dishwasher, you have to make sure to first manually rinse the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.

Can I choose my own kitchen and bathroom?

No. Each apartment will be equipped with a luxurious Bribus kitchen with integrated ATAG appliances and a modern bathroom. You can find the exact layout of the kitchen and the bathroom in the floor plan of the apartment of your preference.

What equipment will I find in the kitchen?

The Bribus kitchen has ATAG built-in appliances. Each kitchen has white cupboard doors and a black worktop. In terms of equipment, you have access to an induction hob, extractor hood, dishwasher, multifunction oven with microwave and fridge/freezer combination.

How is the bathroom finished?

The bathroom layout is shown in the floor plans. The bathroom has a walk-in shower or a corner shower with door, towel radiator and a (double) sink. The tiles on the floor are anthracite in color, the tiles on the wall are high-gloss white. Depending on the size of the apartment, you will also find a second toilet in the bathroom.

How is the separate toilet finished?

There is a toilet and sink with toilet tap and toilet paper holder. The floor tiles are anthracite in color, and the walls are finished with white wall tiles.

How is the apartment heated?

The apartments are connected to the city heating system and have underfloor heating. In the bathroom you have an electrical (towel)radiator. The heating is connected to a WTW system, which is a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system.

Is it allowed to place laminate flooring in the apartment?

Laminate flooring is allowed, if you apply the right kind of subfloor and if the laminate flooring is suitable for underfloor heating. This means that the floor needs to transfer heat, otherwise a lot of energy and warmth will be lost. The apartment has no baseboards, so you can choose the ones that match your floor. We recommend getting advice from a flooring specialist to make sure the flooring is suitable for underfloor heating.

Are you renting a Royal Apartment? These are offered including a floor.

 

Royal apartments come with a free floor. How does that work?

If you rent a Royal Apartment, you will get the opportunity to choose a laminate floor of your liking at John van Zweden. You can choose a floor that matches your interior. You will make an appointment after the key handover to have the floor installed into your apartment. The floor will become a part of the apartment, which means you are not allowed to take the floor with you in case you decide to leave the apartment.

Is there a ventilation system in the apartment?

Yes, each apartment has a WTW installation. This type of ventilation is an energy efficient way to keep the air in your apartment fresh at all times.

 

How are the walls and ceiling of the apartment finished?

The walls in the living room, hall, bedrooms, are finished with wallpaper in a neutral color. Some walls near the kitchen have white spray paint. The ceilings are provided with white spray paint as well. The wall in the toilet above the tiles is sprayed. The bathroom and toilet are finished with tiles on the floor and wall.

Am I allowed to paint the walls?

The walls are finished with wallpaper in a neutral color. You can decorate the inside of the house to your own taste. So you can paint or (re)apply wallpaper. Please note that if you ever decide to leave the home, you must return it to its original state.

You are not allowed to paint windowframes and doors. Drilling in tiles (bathroom, toilet, kitchen) is not allowed.

Is it allowed to attach an awning to the outside of the apartment?

Placing an awning is only allowed after the approval of the property manager. They can inform you about the version and color to use.

Services
Do I have an external storage unit with my apartment?

In your apartment you have an internal storage room with space for your washing machine / dryer and the WTW unit. There is no external storage unit.

Where can I park my bike?

Westbeat has a common bike shed where you can park your bike.

Where can I park my car?

There is a limited number of parking spaces available in the underground parking garage. A parking space costs €125 per month, excluding service costs. You cannot rent a specific parking space, so the exact space where you can park your car can differ. Do you want to know more? Contact us!

Are there charging stations available for my electrical car?

Yes, there will be 6 charging stations available in the parking garage.

Westbeat has MyPup lockers. What does that mean?

MyPup is a package service using lockers. The lockers can be found in the central entrance hall, where you can have your parcels delivered. This way you don’t have to stay at home to accept your package and you can pick it up from the locker at any time. You can use the same lockers to return or send parcels yourself. Easy!

Sustainability
How energy sufficient is Westbeat?

Very energy neutral! The EPC is even -0.05. What measures have been taken to achieve this great result?

Among others:

  • – Good insulation
  • – Triple glazing
  • – Exterior sun protection
  • – All electric (no gas needed)
  • – Charging stations in the parking garage for electric cars
  • Energy efficient installations, including:
  • – Sustainable cooling through a heat-saving and efficient ventilation system (dry cooling)
  • – Connected to district heating
  • – Solar panels to support electricity usage for the common areas
  • – Hotfill installation for the dishwasher and washing machine
What is the “Green Wall”?

On the north side of the building you will find green facade parts, called the “Green Wall”. This means that parts of the facade are covered with plants to create a green and natural area. The effect of the planting is noise reduction, better air quality and enhancement of biodiversity. And of course it is adding to the beauty of the spectacular building!