Below you can find our answers to frequently asked questions. We appreciate that every case is different and that the specific circumstances of your situation will play a large role in determining the correct legal advice given. Do not hesitate to ring us on 020 – 6731311, we will be glad to give you personal support.

Consumer Law

If you buy something from a door-to-door vendor ( a person taking the initiative to come to your door to sell something) and it costs more than 34 euro , it falls under the door-to-door sales act ( Colportage). If you have invited the salesman yourself, the purchases do not fall under the category of the door-to-door sales act. If a salesman goes from door to door offering merchandise, you can cancel the purchase within 8 days of buying. This falls under the” Colportagewet” or the door- to-door act. The door-to-door act protects you as a consumer. If you want to cancel the purchase,you have the right to cancel within 8 days and do not need to give any reason. This 8 day period runs from the moment you sign the purchase contract and a copy of this purchase contract is handed over to you. You must write a letter in which you cancel the purchase contract. You are then entitled to a refund if you have already paid for the product.

Category: Consumer Law

There are two ways of disputing general conditions. The first one is that the general conditions weren’t explained to you and there was no reasonable possibility of understanding the consequences of them. The second possibility is if the general conditions were unreasonable. The circumstances determine whether the general conditions were unreasonable.

Your interests as a purchaser are compared to the interests of the salesman. The type of agreement will be also looked at and how the general conditions have come about. If the general conditions are unreasonable , it is possible to notify your supplier by registered letter that you do not accept one or more of them. Mention clearly why you do not accept these conditions. If the supplier doesn’t react or doesn’t adhere to the general conditions, you can present the matter to the disputes committee of which the supplier is a member. Here you can establish an extrajudicial declaration in which you ask to terminate the general conditions. You can also take the matter to court.

Category: Consumer Law

Since December 1st , 2011 there is new legislation concerning the cancelation period for subscriptions. This legislation makes it easier to cancel your subscription or membership. The notice period in which a subscription can be canceled differs according to the type of subscription. If you have a membership for a magazine which is published at least once a month, then a month’s notice applies. For a magazine which publishes less then once a month, a cancellation period of three months applies. These subscriptions can still be tacitly extended, but only to a maximum of three months.

A Telecom subscription requires a month’s notice when the contracts are for an indefinite period of time. Subscriptions of a fixed period cannot be terminated prematurely. Telecom subscriptions can be extended tacitly for up to a period of a year by the provider. You can always terminate the contract during this extended period by giving a month’s notice. For all other types, for example a gym or a library subscription, there is a maximum cancellation period of one month after the first contract period. After the expiration of the initial contract period silent prolongation is no longer possible. Your annual subscription at the gym therefore, cannot be extended without your consent.

Category: Consumer Law

Making purchases on the internet or by telephone is called distance buying under consumer law. On the basis of art. 7:46d BW you have a 7 working day cooling off period as a consumer, once you’ve receiving the product. Within this cooling off period of 7 working days the consumer has the right to change his mind and break the contract and return the purchase without stating any reason. If you want to terminate the purchase contract, you will need to return the product as soon as possible and no later than 30 days. You are entitled to a full refund . You will have to pay the shipping costs. The salesman cannot charge cancellation costs. If you want to make sure you get your money back, you can send a registered letter to the salesperson, stating that you have returned your purchase and that you would like a full refund. This needs to be done within 6 working days. Note: You can unwrap your purchase to examine it but be careful not to cause any damage to the product.

Category: Consumer Law

If you buy something it must work. This is known as the compliance requirement. In a case of non-compliance ,you as a consumer can demand compliance with the agreement, in other words, demand a product that works.

There are three options:

•Delivery of the missing product, service or part thereof;
•Demand reparation of the delivered product or service;
•Demand replacement of the delivered product or service.
In principle, the consumer must give the salesman the possibility to repair or replace a faulty product . This means that the consumer can demand reparation in the first place and if this isn’t possible, replacement. As a consumer you have the choice between between a replacement or a refund.

Category: Consumer Law

Labour Law

If you have a long-term illness you may be eligible for illness benefit. In order to qualify for this benefit you must meet a number of conditions:

  • You are not entitled when you are receiving remunerations from a previous employer.
  • A doctor from the UWV determined that you are ill and incapable of performing work activities.
  • You must have notified UWV of your illness on the second day of sick leave at the latest.
  • You have to abide by all regulations, such as giving relevant information to the
  • UWV, not hindering your own recovery and it is obligatory to attend all UWV doctor appointments.
  • You cannot compromise your claim. By this we mean that if you are entitled to the payment of remunerations from your employer but you willingly give up this entitlement, for example by signing a settlement.
  • You cannot move to a foreign country or be imprisoned.

It doesn’t necessarily follow that if you do not meet the above conditions, you won’t be entitled to a benefit. This will be assessed by UWV. We can give no guarantees. To apply for a benefit and to find additional information you can go to the website of the UWV.

Category: Labour Law

Personal and Family law

Paternity for a child is possible in several ways:•Acknowledgement of paternity during the pregnancy: You can acknowledge paternity in every municipality in the Netherlands. You will need authorisation from

the child’s mother for this. This authorisation can occur during the actual registration of the birth or in writing via a declaration form.

•Acknowledgement during the registration of the birth: you can acknowledge

paternity during the birth registration by the mother in the municipality where the child is born. If the mother cannot be present at the registration, she must give a written authorisation for the father to be acknowledged as such.

•To claim paternity in a manner not covered above: you can acknowledge the child at any time. If the child is older then twelve, they themselves must give an authorisation in writing. If the child hasn’t reached the age of sixteen years, the mother also has to give her consent in writing.

When do I have to pay child maintenance and how will this be determined?

Parents are responsible for the care and upbringing of their children. If parents separate they must make an agreement for the financial maintenance of their children. Since 1 March 2009 parents who are separating are obliged to write a parenting agreement plan in which ( among other issues) the child alimony must be regulated. It is the intention that parents remain jointly responsible for the children after the separation. This parenthood plan must help to reduce any problems around the separation and provide help for conflict resolution. The parenthood plan is submitted along with the divorce petition to the court. The judge always checks the alimony agreements and reviews if these agreements are in the best interest of the child. For the calculation of child alimony the judge will look at the means of the parent who is obliged to pay the alimony and at the needs of the child. The alimony is determined annually and modified by the government in line with inflation. If unmarried parents decide to separate then no mediation by the judge is required. The child alimony can be then incorporated in an agreement.

Unconditional acceptance means that the heir accepts all property and debts.

This can be accepted in the following manners:

  • By means of a declaration.
  • By the actions of the heir.
  • When the judge has set a deadline within which a choice must be made and the heir hasn’t made a choice (referred to as: to sit and wait).

    Beneficiary acceptance

    In the case of beneficiary acceptance the heir takes over all property and debts. The heir however is only obliged to pay the debts if they do not exceed the value of the inheritance. The heir is therefore not held responsible for the debts of the testator. Beneficiary accepting happens by means of a declaration. This declaration must be made by the heir at the local court where the testator last resided.

    Rejecting an inheritance
    When rejecting an inheritance the heir distances himself from the property of the testator. The heir can not claim claim the property after this decision and is not responsible for the debts of the testator.

The level of alimony paid to a partner is calculated by the needs of the beneficiary and by the means of the maintenance payer. For the partner who pays the alimony, to modify or amend the amount being paid, there must be a change in the financial circumstances of the alimony beneficiary or in their own circumstances such as unemployment, incapacity to work, a new spouse or a salary increase. If you and your ex-partner are unable to come to an agreement concerning changes to the alimony payment, a petition process must be started. You will need a lawyer to do this. A judge will then rule if there is indeed an unavoidable and blameless change in either parties financial circumstances.

What is a non-compete clause, what are the consequences of a non-compete clause and what can you do to negate it?
A non-compete clause can be included in an employment contract. This is a clause in your contract which describes certain rules the employee must follow should they start working for another employer. The clause limits the employees employment choices when their current employment contract ends by preventing or curtailing them from working for competing companies directly or as self-employed.

It may be very important to an employer that his employee doesn’t work for a competitor. A non-compete clause can be agreed at the beginning of the work relationship, but it can also be incorporated later in the contract. These clauses may stipulate what type of activities can be carried out, what kind of employer you can work for, where you can work and for how long the non-compete clause is valid.

This contract clause sets the rights and obligations for the employee. The obligations differ by case and need to be carefully analysed. If you do not accept a non-compete clause when negotiating your contract it will not affect you. If you have signed a non-compete clause you may negotiate with your employer about this. It is also possible to ask a judge to annul or moderate this clause.

When the validity of a non-compete clause is presented to a judge, he will weigh the interests of both parties.
The judge will take into consideration the terms and expectations of both the employer and the employee when they signed the contract.

Rental Law

The tenant and the landlord can agree on mutual ending of the lease for example if the tenant agrees explicitly with a cancellation of the rental agreement by the landlord. If the landlord wants to cancel the lease , he is bound by a number of regulations.

•It must be canceled through a registered post notification served by a bailiff service.
•The landlord must mention the grounds for termination in this registered letter.
•It must involve one or more legal grounds for termination (see below). – A lease for an indefinite period of time must be canceled on the day rent is due, generally the the first day of the month.

•A notice period must be given, varying from 3 up to 6 months. The minimum term of notice is three months. For each uninterrupted year that the tenant has rented the property he will receive a month’s notice up to a maximum of six months,.

For example: you signed a lease for an indefinite period of time and the rent is due on the first day of the month. The tenant rents the house for two and a half years. The notice is then 3+2=5 months. Another example: the landlord cancels the rental agreement on June 15. The landlord has to notify you on the 1st of December. He

cannot cancel the contract at an earlier date, however he is allowed to cancel at a later date, for example the 1st of January. However if the landlord nevertheless cancels at an earlier date then the termination will take effect on the obligatory date which is 1st of December.

The landlord can cancel an indefinite lease period if he takes into account a number of grounds for termination covered by the law. These can be found in Article
7:274 BW.

The legal grounds for termination are:

1. The tenant has not proven himself to be a good tenant. The tenant did not adhere to the following rules such as paying the rent, he has behaved badly and has been a nuisance to the neighbours.
2. The lease contract was a temporary one.

3. The landlord needs the room urgently for personal use. The landlord must prove that he needs the rooms urgently, and that continuing the lease is no longer reasonable. During a hearing the judge will weigh the interests of both the tenant and the landlord. The judge will also be able to decide if the landlord has to find an alternative living space for the tenant. Please note that it is unacceptable for the landlord to sell the house and wants the tenant to leave as a result. This in principle is not valid grounds for the termination of a rental agreement.

4. If the tenant refuses to accept a reasonable offer to modify the lease.
5. If the landlord has a development plan which corresponds with a municipal planning scheme.

The rental agreement does not end automatically with the termination of the contract by the landlord.
If the tenant rejects his decision within 6 weeks or refuses to respond in 6 weeks, the landlord – if he wants to continue with the termination of the contract – can make a request to the magistrate to order the end of the agreement. After examining the application the judge will take full account of the grounds for termination.

Category: Rental Law

Deposits offer protection against any costs which a landlord may encounter if tenants damage his rental property. The landlord can repay this deposit while settling any outstanding rental payment when the tenant leaves the property. A landlord can ask for a deposit when contracting a new lease. There is no statutory regulation concerning the calculation of a deposit. The landlord is free to determine the amount of the deposit. However it is considered unreasonable if the deposit is more than three times the monthly rent. It is important to sign a written agreement on the condition of the house at the time of acceptance. This is done by means of a

written and signed agreement. It is further recommended to include photographs of the house in the agreement. Also, it is very important that a receipt is issued when the deposit is paid in cash. This is not so important when the money is transferred into a bank account.

What do I have to do to get my deposit back?

The deposit must be paid back automatically once the house eis returned in good condition to the landlord.
A difference of opinion may arise as to whether the house has actually been left in good condition. Please pay attention to the following:

• Will a delivery report be drawn up? A delivery report is an agreement in which the condition of the house is included at the moment of acceptance.

•If so, it must be established if the house is left in the same state as it was when the tenant moved in.
•If not, and the contract lease date was after 1 august 2003, the landlord must prove that the house has not been left in the same state as when the tenant moved in.

– If the lease was signed before 1 august 2003, the tenant must prove that the house was in the same state as when he moved in. If the landlord is not willing to pay back the deposit to the tenant once he has moved out of the property, it can be claimed later as recovery of an unmade payment.

Category: Rental Law

Rent protection means that your landlord cannot just evict you from your rental house. You are protected as a subtenant if you rent the house from the main-tenant who in turn rents the house directly from the landlord. Your position as a subtenant differs from the main tenant in two regards:

1. You are the subtenant of an independent house, that is a house with its own access and live-in not external amenities, for example a bathroom. In this situation you have the same rent protection as the main tenant. If the lease between the main tenant and the landlord finishes, the landlord cannot evict you. You are entitled to take the place of the main tenant. However, you must notify the landlord. The landlord can go to a judge within 6 months to have the lease terminated. But this is only possible in the following situations:

Example 1:

  1. You cannot afford to pay the rent.
  2. You only rented from the main tenant so you could take the position of the main


  3. It cannot be expected that the landlord continues the lease if the rent was kept

    very low.

  4. When you don’t have a housing license, when having one is obligatory for your


Example 2:

1. You are the subtenant of a house with shared bathroom or other facilities. This means that there is no bathroom or other necessary facilities in your home. In this example you have no rent protection. If the lease between the main tenant and the landlord finishes, you must search for a new place to live. You always have rent protection in relation to the person who lets the house or room to you. In the event that you lose your living space due to the main tenant’s fault, you are entitled to claim compensation from them. Moreover, the main tenant who sublets to you, can not just evict you.This is only possible if one of the reasons for eviction is mentioned in the applicable law. These can be found in article 274,Book 7 of the Dutch Civil Code of Law.

Category: Rental Law

Social Security Law

Wanneer u werkloos of gedeeltelijk werkloos wordt, kan het zijn dat u recht heeft op een WW-uitkering. WW staat voor Werkloosheidswet. Deze uitkering is een tijdelijk inkomen die u ontvangt in de periode dat u een nieuwe baan zoekt. De uitkering ontvangt u van het UWV.

Voordat u recht heeft op een WW- uitkering zijn er enkele voorwaarden waar u aan moeten voldoen:

• U moet verzekerd zijn voor werkloosheid. Dit is het meestal het geval als u een werknemer in loondienst bent en de AOW-leeftijd nog niet hebt bereikt.
• U verliest 5 of meer arbeidsuren per week en u heeft geen recht meer op loon over deze uren.
• U bent beschikbaar voor betaald werk.
• De weken-eis. Deze houdt in dat u minimaal 26 van de laatste 36 weken heeft gewerkt voordat u werkloos werd.
• U bent niet verwijtbaar werkloos geworden. Als u zelf ontslag neemt, dan krijgt u alleen nog een WW-uitkering in uitzonderingssituaties.

Als u voldoet aan deze eisen, heeft u recht op een WW uitkering van 3 maanden. U kunt in aanmerking komen voor een langere WW-uitkering als u ook aan de jaren-eis voldoet. Hiervoor moet u in de 5 jaren voordat u werkloos werd voldoende hebben gewerkt. Onder voldoende wordt verstaan dat u in een jaar minimaal 52 dagen loon heeft ontvangen. Uw totale WW-uitkering heeft een maximum van 38 maanden.

Vanaf 1 januari 2016 tot 1 april 2019 wordt de maximale periode dat u een WW-uitkering kunt ontvangen langzaam teruggebracht van 38 naar 24 maanden.

Bepaalde medebewoners tellen niet mee voor de kostendelersnorm. Groepen die niet meetellen zijn:

• Jongeren tot 21 jaar
• Kamerhuurders met een commercieel contract (en die een commerciële huurprijs betalen).Een commercieel contract kan worden aangetoond met een schriftelijke overeenkomst en door bankafschriften voor de betaling van huur. Een commercieel contract met familieleden is niet mogelijk.
• Studenten die een opleiding volgen die recht kan geven op studiefinanciering of tegemoetkoming studiekosten;
• Studenten die een Beroeps Begeleidende Leerweg volgen (BBL-studenten).

U deelt een woning als u met één of meer personen van 21 jaar of ouder op hetzelfde adres woont. Dit adres is voor u allen het hoofdverblijf.

Kort gezegd houdt de kostendelersnorm in dat als u een woning deelt met meer volwassenen, uw uitkering naar beneden wordt aangepast. Hoe meer personen van 21 jaar of ouder er in hetzelfde huis wonen, hoe lager ieders uitkering. Het maakt niet uit of u wel of geen familie van elkaar bent. Het idee achter de kostendelersnorm is dat kosten zoals huur en gas/water/licht gedeeld kunnen worden.

Voor wie geldt de kostendelersnorm:

De kostendelersnorm geldt voor alle uitkeringsgerechtigden volgens de participatiewet, zoals:

* Bijstand
* Bijstand voor zelfstandigen (Bbz)
* Wet inkomensvoorziening oudere en gedeeltelijk arbeidsongeschikte werkloze werknemers (IOAW)
* Wet inkomensvoorziening oudere of gedeeltelijk arbeidsongeschikte gewezen zelfstandigen (IOAZ)

WIA staat voor Wet Werk en Inkomen naar Arbeidsvermogen. Na 2 jaar arbeidsongeschiktheid kunt u in aanmerking komen voor de WIA uitkering. De UWV-arts bepaalt wat uw beperkingen zijn. Vervolgens wordt gekeken door de arbeidsdeskundige welk soort werk u nog zou kunnen verrichten, en dat loon wordt vergeleken met uw eigen oude functie.

U komt in aanmerking voor een WIA-uitkering, indien u meer dan 35% arbeidsongeschikt bent, dus meer dan 35% inkomensverlies. Dit is het verschil tussen het loon dat u eerst verdiende en u het loon dat u nog kan verdienen. Als u minder dan 35% inkomensverlies lijdt en u bent in dienst bij een werkgever, zal de werkgever moeten kijken of er intern of extern werk voor u te vinden is. Dit gebeurt indirect al binnen de eerste twee jaar tijdens het integratieproces.
Er bestaan twee soorten van de WIA-uitkering. De eerste is de WGA-uitkering. U krijgt een WGA-uitkering indien u nog gedeeltelijk kunt werken. U bent dan door uw ziekte minstens 35%, maar minder dan 80% arbeidsongeschikt.

De tweede soort is de IVA-uitkering. U bent dan minstens 80% arbeidsongeschikt. Daarnaast bent u ook volledig en duurzaam arbeidsongeschikt. Dit houdt in dat niet te verwachten is dat u binnen 5 jaar weer aan het werk zult kunnen.

Op 1 januari 2015 is de Participatiewet ingegaan. De Participatiewet is erop gericht om meer mensen, met of zonder een arbeidsbeperking, aan het werk te krijgen. De Participatiewet vervangt de Wet werk en bijstand (Wwb), de Wet sociale werkvoorziening (WSW) en een groot deel van de Wet werk en arbeidsondersteuning jonggehandicapten (Wajong). De gemeenten zullen zorg dragen voor een goede uitvoering van de wet. Wanneer u niet genoeg inkomen of vermogen heeft om in uw levensonderhoud te voorzien, kunt u in aanmerking komen voor een recht op bijstand.

U moet dan wel aan een aantal voorwaarden voldoen:

1. U woont rechtmatig in Nederland.
2. U bent 18 jaar of ouder.
3. U heeft niet genoeg inkomen of vermogen om in uw levensonderhoud te voorzien. Indien u
samenwoont met uw echtgenoot of indien u een gezamenlijke huishouding voert met iemand
dan telt het inkomen en het eigen vermogen van deze persoon ook mee.
4. U kunt geen beroep doen op een andere uitkering.
5. U zit niet in de gevangenis of een huis van bewaring.
6. U doet mee aan activiteiten die uw gemeente aanbiedt om werk te vinden.
7. U heeft basiskennis van de Nederlandse taal. Of doet moeite om de Nederlandse taal beter
te leren beheersen.

De bijstand is een vangnet voor mensen die niet meer kunnen voorzien in hun eigen levensonderhoud en ook geen recht hebben op een andere uitkering.
De bijstand wordt verleend door de gemeente. Als u bijvoorbeeld in de gemeente Amsterdam een uitkering aanvraagt, moet u ook in de gemeente Amsterdam wonen. De voorwaarden voor een bijstandsuitkering zijn:

• U bent Nederlander
• U woont in Nederland
• U bent ouder dan 18 jaar
• U bent niet ouder dan 65 jaar.
• U heeft te weinig inkomen om van rond te komen.

Onder inkomen valt:

• netto inkomsten uit werk;
• netto winst uit onderneming;
• een WW-, Wajong- of WIA-uitkering;
• alimentatie voor u en/of uw kinderen;
• sommige heffingskortingen van de Belastingdienst;
• studiefinanciering.

U heeft geen eigen vermogen. Naast een inkomensgrens geldt een vermogensgrens van €12.040,- voor een gezin en een alleenstaande ouder en € 6.020,- voor een alleenstaande (bedragen voor 2018). Schulden worden van uw vermogen afgetrokken. Een studieschuld en alle andere schulden die niet direct opeisbaar zijn, tellen niet mee. Met vermogen wordt bedoeld:

• spaargeld (ook van de kinderen);
• bezittingen (auto, boot, caravan, huis);
• erfenissen, geldprijzen.

Er zijn ook een aantal verplichtingen voor u als u een bijstandsuitkering ontvangt. Indien u hier niet aan voldoet, kan de gemeente de bijstandsuitkering verlagen of stopzetten. Indien u een bijstandsuitkering ontvangt heeft u de volgende verplichtingen:

• U staat ingeschreven als werkzoekende bij het UVW.
• U voldoet aan de sollicitatieverplichting (tijdelijke ontheffing is mogelijk).
• U dient mee te werken aan bijvoorbeeld een sollicitatietraining als de gemeente die geeft.
• U dient de gemeente de juiste informatie te geven die van invloed kan zijn op het uitkeringsbedrag, bijvoorbeeld als u gaat samenwonen.
• U dient mee te werken aan huisbezoeken en psychologisch- en medisch onderzoek.

Er zijn ook gevallen dat u geen recht heeft op een bijstandsuitkering:

• Indien u militair bent.
• Indien u langer dan 4 weken per kalenderjaar in het buitenland bent.
• Indien u studiefinanciering ontvangt.
• Indien u in staking bent en daarom geen inkomen ontvangt.
• Indien u in de gevangenis zit. Dit geldt niet indien u met proefverlof bent.

Kijk voor meer informatie op de site van de gemeente Amsterdam

Als u ziek wordt, dan blijft uw werkgever in de meeste gevallen loon doorbetalen. Echter, in sommige gevallen komt u mogelijk in aanmerking voor een ziektewetuitkering. Om hiervoor in aanmerking te komen moet u voldoen aan een aantal voorwaarden:

  • U mag geen recht hebben op doorbetaling van loon van een werkgever.
  • Er moet door een verzekeringsarts van het UWV vastgesteld zijn dat u ziek bent en dat u niet in staat bent uw normale werkzaamheden te verrichten.
  • U moet zich uiterlijk de tweede dag dat u ziek bent ziek gemeld hebben bij het UWV.
  • U moet zich aan een aantal voorschriften houden, zoals het geven van informatie aan het UWV, het niet belemmeren van herstel en verplichte verschijning bij het spreekuur van de verzekeringsarts.
  • U mag geen benadelingshandeling plegen. Dit is het geval als u eigenlijk nog recht heeft op doorbetaling van loon van uw werkgever maar dit recht opgeeft, bijvoorbeeld door het tekenen van een vaststellingsovereenkomst.
  • U mag niet verhuizen naar het buitenland of in de gevangenis zitten.

Als u voldoet aan de bovenstaande voorwaarden betekent dit niet automatisch dat u een uitkering krijgt. Dit wordt beoordeeld door het UWV. Hiervoor kunnen wij dan ook geen garantie geven.
Voor het aanvragen van een uitkering en voor aanvullende informatie kunt u kijken op de website van het UWV.

Social benefits are a safety net for people who can no longer provide for their own maintenance. They are provided by the municipality. If you apply for benefits, for example in the municipality of Amsterdam, you must live in the municipality of Amsterdam. You are eligible for social benefits when:

• You are a Dutch national
• You live in the Netherlands
• You are 18 years or older
• You are not older then 65 years.
• Your income falls under a certain amount

Income includes:

• net income from work;
• net profit from an enterprise;
• WW, Wajong or WIA-benefit;
• alimony for you and/or your children;
• some tax credits from the Dutch Revenue office
• study grants.
•You have no savings of your own.
•Your maximum allowable income when applying for Social Benefits is €11.700, – for a family and for a single parent. The maximum income capacity for a single person is € 5,850, (these are the amounts for 2014).

Debts can be deducted from your maximum income. A student debt and all other debts which do not need to be paid immediately, cannot be deducted. Income capacity includes:

• savings (including your children’s savings);
• property (car, boat, trailer, house);
• inheritance, prizes, lottery winnings.
There are a number of conditions that you must satisfy in order to receive social benefit assistance. If you do not satisfy these conditions, the municipality can reduce your social assistance benefit or even cancel it. If you receive social assistance benefit you must meet the following conditions:

•You must be registered as a jobseeker by the UVW.
•You must must be actively searching for work (temporary dispensation is possible). •You must cooperate with all training given by the municipality to enhance your chances of finding a job.
•You must provide the municipality with all the information which can influence the amount of benefit you are entitled to (for example you must disclose the fact that you are going to live with a partner).
•You must cooperate with the council while they are conducting house visits and any psychological or medical examinations.

In some cases you ar not entitled to Social Benefit Assistance:

•If you are serving in the army.
•If you are more than 4 weeks abroad per calendar year.
•If you receive a grant for your study.
•If you are on strike and for this reason you do not receive any income.
•If you are a prisoner. This does not apply if you are on prison leave.
You can find more information about this on the website of the Amsterdam municipality.

How can I accept or reject an inheritance?
As an heir you can accept the estate unconditionally, accept a form of beneficiary acceptance or reject the inheritance.

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