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.

The Standard
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.

Download the set of standards (from 1 September there will be a new set of standards in Engelish)

Below you will find a summary of the most important standards:

1. Occupation:

  • During the inspection, it is chechek whether the actual capacity matches what the records show.
  • If the inspector finds closed bedrooms, he/she should order a re-inspection of the site.

2. Space, daylight and heating:

  • 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.
  • Living areas to be able to be heated.

3. Sanitation

  • There is at least 1 toilet per 8 people.
  • There is at least 1 shower per 8 people.

4. Hygiëne

  • Hygiene in and around the residential location does not pose a danger to the public health.
  • There is a sound and demonstrably maintained mechanical installation or natural ventilation, in combination with sufficient aeration.
  • There is no mold in the bathrooms, kitchens and/or other areas.
  • There must be sufficient opportunity to have to do the laundry.
  • There must be ample opportunity outside your own bedroom to dry the laundry.

5. Facilities

  • There is 30 litre of cooling / freezing space per person.
  • Hob / plates, there should be at least 4 burners. For more than 8 persons, there should be 1 burner for every 2 persons. For more than 30 persons, there should be at least 16 burners.
  • Hob/plates in studios for a maximum of 2 residents, there sould be at least 2 burners plus a microwave or oven.

6. Safety

  • There is no overloading of the electricity network (check among other things for double plugs, etension cords, splitters and hot plates), dangling electricity cables.
  • In the meter cupboard there should be an earth leakage circuit breaker and automatic or fuses.
  • For each resident there should be one wall socket.
  • The lighting and electricity suplly in wet areas is splash-proof and is suitable for use in wet areas.
  • There are no circumstances leading to danger or can cause injuries to persons.
  • Central heating, gas heather and geyser must be demonstrable controlled every two year

7. Fire safety - Measures in the house

  • 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).
  • If there is a central fire alarm, this must be inspected every year.

8. Information provison and other requirements

  • There should be an information card in a central place.
  • The card is drawn up in English or German or in the national language of the resident.
  • This card must includes the numbers of:
    • Manager / contact person landlord (available 24/7)
    • Regional police
    • Fire department
    • 112 (in life threatening situations)
    • Abbreviated house and living rules in the national language of the residents.
    • Evacuation plan and emergency procedure.