A rental contract is considered liberalised if the rent exceeds a certain threshold when the contract is concluded. In 2022, the threshold was raised to €763.47 per month (valid from 1 January to 31 December). This was €752.33 per month in 2021. The same threshold applies to rent allowance eligibility. Liberalised rental property is part of the private sector. The landlord has more liberty in setting the rental price and increasing it. The point system for rental property and the maximum rental price are not applicable in this sector.
As of 1 May 2021, central government sets a maximum annual rent increase for private sector dwellings. This maximum is determined for a duration of three years, in this case until 1 May 2024. The maximum increase is the inflation rate plus 1 percent. Therefore, the maximum rent increase for private sector dwellings in 2022 is 3.3 percent.