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Accommodation in Denmark

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Finding accommodation will be one of your top priorities when moving to Denmark. Depending on your budget and desired lifestyle, finding affordable accommodation may or may not be difficult. Some cities have reliable transportation networks connecting city centres with the outskirts. Other locations will require having a car. In any case, you will be able to find modern and comfortable housing in any major Danish city.

Types of accommodation

Living in the city provides a range of accommodation options, including apartments, terraced houses, and villas. Rooms are commonly available for rent to those on their own. Balconies and garden sizes will vary depending on location and age of the structure in question. The area is typically specified in square meters.

Social housing is available to both Danes and expats alike. If you wish to benefit from this program, you can join the waiting list after submitting an application. See the link for the Danish Social Housing Sector at the end of the article.

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Apartment complexes often have playgrounds and other facilities.

Rent prices

Rent prices in Denmark vary greatly from city to city. If you prefer to settle in the suburbs or a small city, you will need between DKK 4,300 and DKK 8,500 per month. In major cities, you will need approximately DKK 6,200 for a studio and some DKK 12,000 for an apartment.

Rent prices are also likely to vary in terms of furnishing and appliances. Furnished housing units can be 25% to 30% more expensive than unfurnished ones.

Utilities are usually not included in the rent price, though in some cases, collective water supply and heating are included. The amount can increase at the end of the year according to your yearly consumption. You should ask for an estimate of your monthly bills before you sign a lease agreement.

Find accommodation in Denmark

Most housing available in Denmark is advertised by real estate agencies and websites dedicated to all types of rentals. Some owners will post their offers online on various forums and social media networks, and local newspapers can be a good place to search for listings. Wherever you choose to start, make sure you have your budget and other conditions (house size, location, etc.) nailed down to avoid wasting time on places that don’t meet your criteria.

Lease in Denmark

You are generally required to rent a property for at least six months with a deposit of one month on a room and three months on a house or apartment.

Contracts can be limited or unlimited. In the case of a limited contract, the lease cannot be terminated before the period specified in the contract runs out. Once it does run out, the limited contract automatically becomes an unlimited contract.

An unlimited contract can be terminated if the tenant gives three months notice. The landlord can terminate only in certain circumstances, e.g. planned renovation or demolition or misuse of property by tenant.

Other formalities

Once you have moved in, you are required to notify the nearest Borgerservice (list is in order of postal code) of your new address within five days.

 Useful links:

Boligselskabernes Landsforening: The Danish Social Housing Sector
BoligPortal
BoligBasen
Housing Denmark
Danmark Bolig
Lejebolig
Boligsurf

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