Cheatsheet for sub-renting an apartment

Cheatsheet for sub-renting a room

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

The most important part of sub-renting is to know that a person can only legally sub-rent for two years. So, if someone offers to sub rent for longer be careful. A landlord can evict a tenant for break the limits on sub-renting. This would mean that both the tenant and the sub-tenant would be evicted.

Also, be aware that sub-renting can be restricted and if a person sub-rents without permission then both the first renter and the sub-renter can be evicted. Research if the person you are about to sub rent from has permission to sub rent the apartment.

Renting facts and rights

Rent levels

Rent is regulated when sub-renting no matter when the apartment or home 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.


The person sub-renting to you most follow the normal rules for eviction meaning they can only evict you with a years notice. Be aware that sub-renting is still short term as the contract can not be longer than 2 years by law.

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.


When you sub-rent from a tenant, different rules apply with regards to limits on inhabitants. If you sub-rent an apart there can not live more than 1 person per room in the apartment. So if you were to sub-rent a single room apartment you couldn’t live there with a partner. Be mindful of this if you’re looking as a couple.

Tips for the renting proces