I live in the Netherlands and have a contract for the next 2 years with a gross per year of 25800. After taxation I receive 1550 net per month plus some bonuses (8% of annual salary) twice a year.
My girlfriend was just offered a "0 hour contract" from a restaurant with the verbal promise that she will be able to work 20 hours a week. The per hour pay was not mentioned so I will assume 8 per hour net.
The (potential) problem
All in all I expect us to be making around 2500 - 3000 net per month with which I believe we can afford to pay 1000 in rent (inclusive). However my experience with housing agencies is not the best: They require proof that I making at least 3x the rent price which:
- I am not making (at least not on my own)
- My girlfriend will be unable to prove how much she makes as it is based on the 0 hour contract
Given my financial situation, will I be able to rent a place? What other considerations should I take into account? Please note that I don't care about being actually able to afford it (I have savings if it comes to that and expect my salary to double soon after the current contract ends). I only care about persuading landlords.