Cheatsheet for renting a room

Cheatsheet for renting a room

If you’re looking to rent an room in Denmark then this page gives you a quick overview of the facts without the details or explanations. You’ll be able to find more information and details in the many blog posts.

This pages deals exclusively for renting a room, if you looking to sub-rent an apartment then there is a cheatsheet for that or if you’re looking to renting an apartment there is cheatsheet for that too.

Renting a room can be an easy way to find a place to live in the big cities. Often times it’s difficult to find an apartment for yourself so renting just a room, even if temporary can be tempting. The first thing to note that even if renting a room seem informal, Danish law sets the same requirements for the landlord as when renting a whole apartment. So be careful of homeowners who don’t want to make a contract, or moving in reports etc.

All of these 6 steps also apply when just rentign a room

The 6 steps of renting in Denmark explained

I do want to focus on one thing, renting a room gives you the least rights and protection when renting in Denmark. The person who owns the apartment or rents it themselves can evict the person renting the room without reason with only a months’ notice.

Renting facts and rights

Rent levels

Rent is always regulated when renting a room, no matter when the apartment was built.

All about rent levels and rules you needd to know

Rent levels in Copenhagen and Århus


A landlord can ask for 3 months rents worth in deposit.

A landlord can ask for 3 months worth of rent in pre-paid rent.

A landlord can ask for these up front and before you are given the key. Don’t do it before the contract is signed though.


When renting a room the owner or person who rents the apartment can evict you without reason and with only a months notice,

The 6 steps of renting in Denmark explained

Termination of the rental agreement

You can always terminate your agreement at anytime. Danish law allows for a 3 month notice period where you are still obligated to pay rent if a new tenant can’t be found. Shorter periods are of course allowed but rarely used.


Some rental units have limitations on the number of people that can live there at the same time. Check with your landlord.

Tips for the renting proces