What you should pay attention to
Rental agreements in Denmark
When renting housing in Denmark, you will need to sign a tenancy agreement that summarizes the terms and conditions of your stay.
Both the landlord and the tenant have rights and responsibilities, as listed in the Danish Rent Act, Lejeloven. The act includes rules on the termination of renting which for the tenant usually means giving three months’ period. The landlord is not allowed to suddenly tell you that you should leave the apartment for no reason.
If you rent an apartment in the social housing sector, you are legally required to have a tenancy agreement in writing. For privately rented apartment in Denmark it is not obligatory to have a tenancy agreement in writing. But it is strongly recommended that you get one. If the landlord does not want to give you one, you should question this.
Tenancy agreements in Denmark should include following:
- Owner’s name and address
- Tenant’s name
- Start date of the contract
- Duration of the contract and renewal terms
- Rental amount and terms of revision/increase
- Method of payment
- Amount and form of the deposit
- Type of accommodation
- Description of common areas in apartment buildings
- A description of the property (number of rooms, garage, garden, cellar)