The Kotweb model lease aims for a balance between the interests of both the landlord and the tenant.
Who is it for? Students at a University or college in Antwerp.
Rental contracts for student rooms are different from traditional rental contracts. Which contract should you use? The Kotweb Model Lease is always a good choice. If the landlord uses this contract, you can be sure it is a contract with a good legal basis because it was written by experts on student housing. The model lease seeks a balance between the interests of both parties. No small print, so no surprises.
The model lease is not mandatory - landlords are free to use any other contract. We encourage landlords to use the model lease and to indicate the use of it on the website.
What is it? A clear and optimal contract.
A student rental contract is a fixed-term contract. This means that at the end of the rental period, you are not required to give written notice and the contract cannot be renewed automatically. A new rental contract must therefore be made each academic year. However, at the end of your rental period, you should always inform your landlord verbally, and preferably by mail, of your plans for the next academic year to avoid any confusion.
All the important points such as the rental period, rent price, additional costs, termination compensation, insurance, etc. are clearly described in the model lease. Agreements made between the student and the owner are therefore clearly defined and discussions afterwards are avoided.
The model lease is a legally protected document. The content may not be altered by the owner or by you!
The owner can decide:
- when the contract begins (after discussing this with you): the rental month does not necessarily have to begin on the 1st of the month.
- if the rental guarantee (deposit) is one or two months' worth of rent. A deposit of more than two months' rent is not permitted by law.
Has the landlord made changes to your Kotweb model lease? Let your school's housing department or Kotweb know.
More information about rental contracts and the model lease? Want to see what a Kotweb model lease looks like? Check it out here.