What are you allowed to compared to renting
Compared to renting, owning an apartment or house allows you to decorate and remodel the place however you like. It gives you more control and freedom. You will also typically have more space, or possibilities to extend the livable surface of your house by adding an extra floor or by building a patio. In most cases, you do need a building permit that you can apply for at your municipality.
As a house or apartment owner, you have the right to rent out your property, also when you decide to sell your property. There are rules and regulations in place for this. They can be found on the website of the Rijksoverheid.