If you are looking for accommodation in Sweden, here are some tips to guide you.
Finding accommodation will be on the top of your priority list when moving to Sweden. This can be quite complicated as the Swedish real estate market has recently experienced a crisis. Hence, you should be quite patient before finding the housing unit which will best suit your needs. You might start by choosing the most appropriate city and neighborhood for you and your family and by identifying the types of housing units which are available and their prices.
Real estate market
Being the Swedish capital city, Stockholm is the most densely populated city in the country with some 897,000 inhabitants. Göteborg, for its part, is the second biggest city in Sweden, followed by Malmö and Uppsala. As the real estate market is quite compact, you will probably take some time in your research. In all cases, these cities are very popular with expatriates, especially those who have moved there to work.
On the other hand, Swedish authorities have undertaken to build up sufficient housing units to cater for the high demand. You will notice that modernity and comfort are essential parts of the Swedish lifestyle. Hence, most accommodations are well located and generally have an equipped kitchen and other modern and high standard features.
Good to know:
You are more likely to find huge and spacious housing units in the smaller cities, and even in the countryside. Rent prices, for their part, are usually higher in the major cities than in the smaller ones.
In general, you can choose between lease which is known as förstahandskontrakt and sublease called andrahandskontrakt.
In the case of sublease, you will be renting the accommodation from a tenant having the owner's consent. This is a quite common practice in Sweden, especially in the major cities. You will pay the same rent as that paid by the original tenant.
In the case of the lease, you will sign either a temporary or a long term lease contract directly with the owner. Besides classified ads on the Internet and in local newspapers, you may also register with the nearest municipality for the bostadskö. This system has been set up in major cities to help people find accommodation. However, you will often have to be very patient due to long waiting periods.
Finally, in case of dispute, you may appeal to the Regional rent and tenancies tribunals.
Good to know:
You are more likely to find furnished housing units for sublease than for lease.
The guarantee deposit is not compulsory in Sweden. However, owners may request you to pay a security deposit. In general, these are quite affordable.
It is best to be on the spot to find accommodation in Sweden. In fact, the owner will request for your personal identification number, as well as other documents such as your payslips as proof of fixed wages, before signing the lease contract. But you can still start your housing search from your home country by checking out housing websites.
If you are already in the country, you may register with a real estate agency which can better help you find accommodation according to your criteria and budget.
Expat.com – Housing in Sweden
Regional rent and tenancies tribunals www.hyresnamnden.se
The Local www.thelocal.se