How it works

Safe ‘n’ Sound

A transparent payment service, helpful advice on how to spot trusted advertisers, and our amazing AI.

48-hour safeguard

To book your new place, you need to pay the first month’s rent. But, the advertiser doesn’t receive it until 48 hours after you’ve moved in. This way you can check whether everything is as advertised. If the listing was not as advertised, we won’t pay the advertiser (e.g. it was listed with a double bed, but you arrive at the room and there’s only a single bed). We’ll start an investigation, issue a refund, and help you find a new place.

Payment Requests

Not only can you secure your new place by paying the first month’s rent, but you can also pay the deposit, monthly rent, or any other fees without leaving HousingAnywhere. If the advertiser sends you a payment request, we send you reminders in the lead up to the payment’s due date (7 days before, 3 days before & on the due date itself). If you complete payment requests before your move-in date, our 48-hour security policy applies; the advertiser won’t get any payouts until you’ve comfortably moved in.

Payment Overview

Always know what’s due and when. The payment overview is automatically updated so you can see the status of past and future payments, enabling you to plan, keep track, and relax. Besides showing you what's upcoming and reminding you of overdue payments, we'll also provide you with a Live Payment Tracking link to see exactly when we've collected your money and paid it out to your landlord.

Anti-fraud measures

Our AI-powered algorithm keeps potential scammers at bay by detecting fraudulent listings within 5 minutes of being created on the platform. If you think an advertiser starts behaving strangely, you can report them, and we’ll fully investigate.

Transparent fees

HousingAnywhere provides continuous support until you move into your new home. What you'll pay to book depends on which country you're moving to. Looking for a place in The Netherlands? You can buy a subscription to reach out to landlords. When ready, you'll pay just the first month's rent to complete your booking. If you're looking for a place in another country, in addition to the first month's rent (which we pay the landlord), we charge a service fee of 25%%–40%% of the first month's rent (from €165). This is a one-time payment, charged once when you book your new home. These fees help HousingAnywhere continue operating an efficient marketplace and maintaining a secure booking system.

Safety first

We work hard to protect your money. Our automated online payments system keeps scammers at bay. Read more about our safeguards and pick up some tips for staying safe online with the articles to the right.


Find a place that feels like home