Cheatsheet for renting an apartment

Cheatsheet for renting an apartment

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

Renting facts and rights

Rent levels

Rent is regulated if the apartment is built before 1992, meaning there is a limit on how much a landlord can ask for in rent.

Rent is not regulated if the apartment is built after 1992. For any apartment built after 1992 the landlord can set the rent freely.

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.


If you are renting from a company then you can only get evicted if you break your rental agreement, break the rules of the housing association or mismanage/ damage the property.

If you are renting from a private individual then besides all of the above reasons the landlord can evict you with 1 years notice but only if he or she intends to live in the apartment after you move out.

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