For many expats and international students getting a CPR registration is a must. It’s needed to access many of the services the government offers as well as a legal requirement if you’re staying for an extended period. More important many companies like banks and phone companies require you to have a CPR number in order to become a customer.
Getting registered in CPR has several requirements but the one we will focus on here is the requirement that you need a place of residence in Denmark. A place of residence cannot be a hotel or other “temporary” residences, it must be what is defined as a permanent place of residence.
As a rule of thumb, no matter what you rent, whether it be a house, apartment or a room you should be able to get CPR registration. As a matter of fact, the law requires you to register your place of residence if you actually rent and live in a home.
One would hope that would be it and everything would go smooth, that is unfortunately not always the case.
If you rent a house or apartment then there won’t be an issue getting CPR registration as you are the only or main inhabitant of the dwelling. You don’t have to worry about CPR registration.
Subletting and getting CPR can be tricky
Renting a room or sub-letting an apartment from someone can present a challenge. There are two scenarios to be aware of, the first is that the person renting a room to you may not want you to register your residence at their address because if you do they have to declare the rental income and pay taxes. Those people would rather that you just rent a room or sublet without registering it anywhere in order to avoid taxes.
In Denmark when you are moving in with someone like when you are renting a room, then the authorities will contact the person already living there and ask them if it’s true that you are going to be living with them at their address. They have to answer yes to this question otherwise you can’t register your address there. This is why it’s important to find out what kind of person you’re dealing with, if they want to evade taxes, chances are you won’t be able to get CPR registration.
The second scenario is that there are quite a few people who are renting out rooms and subletting apartments without knowing the rules and limitations. There are limits on how much and how you can rent out rooms etc., at best you risk wasting time and money at worst you risk get evicted. Below I’ve listed the things to be aware of.