Deposit, Rent and Moving In

Information about the deposit and inventory report when renting a flat or house in Denmark...

The deposit on rental properties can vary from one to three months' rent but may not be more than three months. Landlords/estate agents may also request that rent is paid quarterly in advance (three months' rent paid every four months).

An agency fee may be charged when renting through an estate agency. Some agents charge the property owner the fee, rather than the tenant.

There are regulations affecting rental rates; in most cases rent is determined by the municipality based on maintenance costs or property value. Landlords may charge more in the case of a property built since 1991 or one that has had substantial renovation.

There is also strong regulation governing rent increases. The rent is normally increased according to the official inflation rate. The tenant must be informed of any rental increases in writing, with three months' notice. The landlord must give a reason for the increase and the tenant has the right to object.

Danish tenancy law favours the tenant in most instances, except in the payment of rent. The tenant is obligated to pay rent by the due date or risk eviction.

Utilities

Utility costs may be included in the rent; find out from the landlord/agent if heating and water are included.

Insurance

It is compulsory for the owner of the rental property to have home insurance. It is advisable for the tenant take out contents insurance to cover household goods.

Moving in

Within five days of moving in to a property, each new occupant must be registered on the National Register for that municipality. Within 14 days of moving in a tenant must notify the landlord of any problems with the property.