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What are the implications of having an incorrect address?

If we do not find you in the address check, you will be de-registered. This can have implications regarding matters such as:

  • Your benefits or state pension.
  • Your child benefit or childcare allowance.
  • Your rental subsidy.
  • Your student allowance.
  • Issuing proof of identity or an extract from the key register of persons.
  • Help with care or debts. We cannot reach you if we do not have your correct address.

Why is a correct residential address so important?

If you have registered your change of address, your new details are entered into the Key Register of Persons (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP). This register contains the personal data of all residents of the Netherlands. All government bodies use the BRP. Some examples:

  • The Tax Authorities;
  • Social Insurance Bank (Sociale Verzekeringsbank, SVB;
  • The Education Executive Agency (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, DUO;
  • Pension funds;
  • Local authorities.

The local authority cooperates with the national address quality policy (Landelijke Aanpak Adreskwaliteit)

The purpose of this is to properly check addresses. Government agencies pass on their doubts about the occupancy of an address to the local authority. Is there sufficient doubt? If so, an address check will follow.

Having the wrong residential address in the BRP makes address fraud possible, for example. But also the abuse of benefits, or evasion of tax and other debts and fines.

An address check may also include a home visit

This is only done in case of serious doubts. The check complies with the rules for privacy protection. The people carrying out the check must identify themselves.

An address check does not always indicate fraud

It generally has to do with a misunderstanding or a forgotten move notification. Does the investigation show that the BRP registration needs updating? In the case, the local authority will notify the occupants of this. If there is sufficient evidence, the local authority is authorised and obliged to amend the registration. The local authority does not require the consent of the person concerned for this.

Do you have any questions?

Contact the City of Leeuwarden or make an appointment to drop by.