Information for residents
Stichting Normering Flexwonen
The Stichting Normering Flexwonen (foundation for flexible housing standards, or SNF) manages the register of organisations that meet the housing standard for migrant workers and at the same time maintains that standard. Organisations that offer housing for migrant workers have the option of obtaining the SNF certificate. In order to do so, they must meet the housing standard for migrant workers. Housing locations of organisations that register with the foundation are subjected to an annual audit. If the housing is found to be unsatisfactory and the organisation fails to rectify the situation in the short term, the housing provider is removed from the SNF register.The objective is to provide parties dealing with the housing of migrant workers - municipalities, employers, employees, local residents - with the security that the housing of migrant workers is adequate.
An organisation that has been admitted to the SNF register complies with the housing standard for migrant workers. The standard is divided into various categories, such as space and privacy, sanitation, safety and hygiene, facilities, information provision and fire safety. Each category consists of several specific requirements that the housing must comply with. An organisation that has been admitted to the SNF register is authorised to use the SNF quality mark logo.
The document below provides an overview of the rules. Please note that this document in English is not an updated version of the standard.
Below you will find a summary of the most important standards:
1. Space and privacy:
- Residents have at least 10 m2 per person at locations intended for ‘lodging’ and 12 m2 at locations intended for ‘residency’ (the municipality determines the purpose of a location, lodging or residency).
- All the facilities (toilet, shower, kitchen, sleeping quarters and living room or relaxation area) should be under one roof and accessible from inside the building.
- Residents have at least 3.5 m2 per person in the sleeping quarters. Until 31 December 2023, an exception of 2.7 m2 per person applies for housing locations in a recreation park.
- Each resident has a bed with a mattress of at least 80*200 cm, a closet of 0.36 m3 and a chair in the sleeping quarters. The closet may also be placed outside the sleeping quarters, but only on the condition that it can be locked.
2. Sanitation, safety and hygiene
- There is at least 1 toilet per 8 people.
- There is at least 1 shower per 8 people.
- There are requirements regarding safety.
- There are requirements regarding hygiene, including sufficient ventilation to prevent mildew in the bathroom, kitchen or other areas.
- The central heating, gas heater and geyser must be demonstrably checked every two years.
- At locations intended for residency, each occupied room (living room, bedroom, kitchen) has at least 0.5 m2 of daylight surface. At locations intended for lodging, each occupied room has direct entry of daylight.
- There is 30 litre of cooling/freezing space per person.
- For 7 people or less, there should be at least 4 burners. For 8 to 30 people, there should be 1 burner for every 2 people. In case of more than 30 people, there should be at least 16 burners.
- In studios for maximum 2 people, there should be at least 2 burners plus a microwave or oven.
4. Information provision
- An information card (in English or German or the native language of the residents) should hang in a central place, which includes the telephone numbers of the landlord, police, fire department, 112, house and living rules, evacuation plan and emergency procedure.
5. Fire safety
- There are specific requirements regarding fire extinguishers. There should be at least 6 litres/kilograms of extinguishing agent. There should be a fire extinguisher of at least 2 litres/kilograms within 5 metres and within immediate reach from every cooking area and places with an open fire.
- There should be a fire blanket in every cooking area.
- Working smoke and CO alarms are installed in the prescribed places (at least 1 per floor).
6. Good employment
- Employment agencies are registered with SNA. Agriculture companies have signed the good employment employer’s certificate. Companies in the mushroom sector can submit the FairProduce certificate. All the other employers must submit an audit certificate.