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Accommodation in Denmark

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Finding accommodation in Denmark may not be an easy task. Find an overview of the country's rental market in this article.

Finding accommodation will definitely be one of your main priorities when moving to Denmark. Regardless of the city where you will be living, it can be quite difficult to find affordable accommodation. This is particularly why most expatriates tend to settle in outskirts. In all cases, most cities and their outskirts are connected to one another via a modern and reliable transports network. Note that, in all cases, you are likely to find modern and comfortable housing units in major Danish cities, but at high prices.

Types of accommodation

The city provides a range of accommodation options, from classical apartments to luxurious villas and houses with gardens. In general, housing ads specify the surface area in square meters.

The public real estate sector is available both to the Danish and to expatriates. In case you wish to benefit from this program, you will find yourself on the waiting list following submission of your application.

For more information, please refer to The Danish Social Housing Sector in the useful links listed below.

Rent prices

Rent prices in Denmark generally vary from one city to another can even double in the case of studios and apartments. If you would prefer to settle in the periphery or in the outskirts, you will need between DKK 4,300 and DKK 8,500 per month. In major cities, you will need an average of DKK 6,200 for a studio and some DKK 12,000 for an apartment.

Note that rent prices are also likely to vary in terms of furnishing and equipment. Indeed, furnished housing units can be 25% to 30% more expensive than unfurnished ones.

On the other hand, charges are not included in the rent price. In some cases, collective water supply and heating are included in the rent price. The amount can increase at the end of the year according to your yearly consumption.

You are thus advised to request for an estimate of your monthly bills either when visiting the premises or when signing the lease contract.

Find accommodation

Most vacant housing offers in Denmark are advertised by real estate agencies. However, some owners still publish their offers on the Internet and in local newspapers. In all cases, make sure to list your criteria before starting your housing search. Remember that you may have to wait for long before finding the ideal accommodation if you do not define your criteria at the soonest.

Lease

Long term lease generally has a six months duration. Contracts can thus be signed either for a limited or for an unlimited period. In the case of the limited contract, the lease contract cannot be terminated before the deadline, whatever the reason may be. Beyond this period, the limited contract automatically turns into an unlimited contract. In the case of the unlimited contract, the contract can be terminated by giving a three months notice.

However, the owner may terminate the contract only under the following conditions:

  • property recovery for personal residence
  • planned renovation or demolition
  • misuse of leased property by tenant
  • other emergency motives.

 Good to know:

A guarantee and deposit equal to three months' rent has to be paid.

Other formalities

Once you have moved in, you are required to notify the nearest Borgerservice to your place of residence within five days.

 Useful links:

Boligselskabernes Landsforening – The Danish Social Housing Sector bl.dk
Expat.com – Housing in Denmark 
BoligPortal www.boligportal.dk
Boligbasen boligbasen.dk
Housing Denmark www.housingdenmark.com
Danmark Bolig www.danmarkbolig.dk
Lejebolig en.lejebolig.dk
Boligsurf boligsurf.dk

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