Tenancy rights in Denmark are subject to a wide protection. It is well served by means of the provisions of law, specialized departments of the kommune, private tenancy organizations, the system of free legal aid – retshjælp, rental grants and other financial support.
If you anticipate a rental in Denmark for a longer period of time due to e.g., an employment assignment, or if you do not intend to purchase your own house or apartment because you are planning to return to your motherland, or if you do not have perspectives to buy a property, it is worth enrolling in one of the private organizations taking care of tenants' issues to seek protection during your renting period.
In the case of problems, tenants may turn to the huslejenævnet, special departments dealing with tenancy issues, based in every kommune. Since these organizations cannot handle all types of cases, it is adviseable to enroll in an organization such as LLO.
Read also: Huslejenævnet – how can they help you?
Anyone renting a property in Denmark can count on support in many issues:
– checking the rental agreement with regard to the correctness of its provisions;
– rental grant - boligstøtte
– taking out a loan to pay the deposit
– lowering the rent and charges – it is not widely known that the price and charges agreed can be lowered;
– illegal charges - huslejenævnet to be the institution that reviews the validity and legality of thecharges indicated in the agreement;
– deposit and termination of the rent aid;
– other rental related problems and issues;
– advice and free legal aid – retshjælp.
Property owners, especially private owners, tend to place themselves in a stronger position and take advantage of tenants' lack of knowledge and language barrier to break the law.
Danish Tenancy Law is targeting the maximum protection of tenants' rights, thus, it is worth finding out about your rights and learn how and where you can seek help when the need arises.