Contracts and rights

If you want to rent housing in Denmark, you will need to sign a tenancy agreement that summarizes the terms and conditions of your stay. You must also register your address with the National Registration Office, Folkeregistreret.

Tenancy contracts can be entered into for a limited (if it is necessary by the landlord’s own situation) or for an unlimited period which is the general rule.

Limited Tenancies
With limited tenancies, neither the landlord or the tenant can give notice to terminate the contract, unless otherwise agreed. However, it is possible for the agreed period of time to be overruled at the request of the tenant. This must be approved by the court (Boligretten). If the agreed time period does get overruled, the period of the tenancy becomes unlimited.

Unlimited Tenancies
This contract relates to long-term tenancy agreements. It is for an unlimited period of time and may be ended by the tenant with three months’ notice. The landlord however can only give notice under conditions listed in Lejeloven. Immediate termination of a tenancy contract is only allowed when one of the parties has breached the rules listed in the contract, e.g. if the tenant fails to pays the rent on time.

In the event of a conflict between landlords and tenants, tenants can contact the Danish Tenants’ Union (Lejernes Landsorganisation – LLO). Tenants are relatively well protected by Danish law and the LLO can offer information and advice on problems related to tenancy or exclusion.

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