Rented homes in Denmark
Denmark has regulations to protect the renters:
In Denmark about two-fifths of the population live in housing that they do not own themselves. Instead they rent it from a company or a social housing company. It is thus completely normal to rent a home.
There is a shortage of housing in Denmark, especially affordable housing. Therefore, finding a good rental can be difficult, especially through a social housing company. If you are new in the country and don’t know the system, you can often end up renting expensive and poor housing because the landlord is taking advantage of the situation. But you don’t have to tolerate this!
In the following you can see some of the most common situations that people coming to Denmark to work find themselves in. You can also see what you can do to better your housing situation.
1. You have rented a room from a private owner – you live in an apartment with the person who owns the apartment in your own room and with access to a kitchen and shower: It is an insecure way of living. Your rental agreement can be cancelled with one months’ notice. But the rent is maximized by law. If you pay more than 3000 kr. for a room, there is good reason to look into whether your rent may be too high. You can do this by contacting LLO (www.llo.dk) or a legal aid organization (retshjælpenn: www.copenhagenlegalaid.com), who can help you getting the authorities to lower the rent and maybe even help to get some of your money back.
2. You share a room with others and only have your own bed: This is in principle illegal in Denmark, but many do it anyway. If you pay more than 1000 kr. a month you are almost certainly paying too much – this also applies if you are renting the bed from your employer. Contact 3F, LLO (www.llo.dk), or a legal aid organization (retshjælpen: www.copenhagenlegalaid.com) to get the rent included in an agreement with your employer.
3. You rent an apartment with others and have your own room – but the owner of the apartment doesn’t live there: The total rent payed by everyone should not be more than 750 kr. per square meter per year. If it is more than this, contact LLO (www.llo.dk) or a legal aid organization (retshjælpen: www.copenhagenlegalaid.com).
You cannot be thrown out of the apartment for filing a complaint about the rent.
4. You have rented an apartment on your own from a private owner or a private company: The rent should maximally be at 1500 kr. per square meter per year. – But only if the apartment has a new shower and kitchen. If the rent is higher or the apartment in poor condition, contact LLO (www.llo.dk) or a legal aid organization (retshjælpen: www.copenhagenlegalaid.com). You cannot be thrown out of the apartment for filing a complaint about the rent.
When entering the rental housing market, be careful. Many who are new to the Danish society gets cheated. You should always check whether the person you rent from are allowed to rent out their place – otherwise you’ll risk losing your money and maybe the rental too. If something looks exceptionally cheap or nice, be extra careful.
Use all your options for getting more information, HOW? You can look up the housing on the internet on the website ois.dk. Here you can see who owns it – if it is not the same person owning it who is renting it out to you, you should ask how that can be. You can also ask the neighbor if they know the owner – or contact LLO.
Here are links to some websites through which you can find homes for rent: