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Guide: How to find a housing rental in Sweden

Friday 30. December 2022

Are you looking for a housing rental in Sweden? Then this guide is for you.

In this guide, we review some of the things you should be aware of when you want to rent a housing rental in Sweden. Follow the steps in the guide below and you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect rental for you!

You can always search among all housing for rent in Sweden via these links: apartment for rent,  housing rentals, house for rent, room for rent, villa for rent, student housing, student apartment, flat rentals.

1. Consider your needs

First of all, you should consider what needs you as a tenant have for an housing rental - i.e an apartment for rent, room for rent or house for rent. What size and how many m2 should the apartment be? Should it be a room, an apartment, a student residence or a house? Do you need your own parking? How long should the rental period be? Where should the apartment be located - should it be located on the outskirts of the city or in the center? How much are you willing to pay in rent? Should the apartment have a terrace, balcony, garden, bathtub etc.? What should the property look like? What floor will the apartment be on? Do you want nature close by? Should the apartment be by the sea? What should the monthly rent be? Does the apartment have to be close to a particular university? Looking for a first-hand contract?

The questions are many. Once you know what your needs are, you can start an apartment search in search of an apartment that meets your requirements.

2. Search the internet for a housing rental in Sweden

There are many good websites with available housing for rent where you can search for apartments, housing agencies, private landlords and landlords. Remember to search several different housing portals to find the best available apartment at the best price. You can search directly for all types of apartments on the housing portal Hyresbostad.se, which is one of the largest Swedish portals for housing rentals and which provides an overview of the entire housing rental market in Sweden.

You can use these links to go directly to a specific type of search:  Rent apartment, house for rent, room for rent, rental housing, rent student housing, apartment for rent available housing rentals, available apartments , available housing, available rooms, available student apartments, available apartments, available student housing , available apartment rentals.

3. Contact the landlord

When you have found an apartment that you are interested in, you must contact the landlord. You must be prepared to write an application to the landlord, in which you tell a little about yourself and why you want to rent the apartment. You can also ask for a showing of the apartment so you can see it with your own eyes.

4. Have the lease checked by a lawyer

Once you have found your new apartment, you must sign a lease with the landlord. It is important that you get advice from a lawyer so that you make sure that everything is as it should be. A lease must include information on rent, deposit, heat consumption, condition upon moving in, etc. You must, among other things, pay close attention to the condition of the rental object when moving in. Always have a lawyer or attorney check the lease before you sign it.

5. Check out the landlord properly

If the landlord rents the apartment himself, it is not certain that the person can sublet it to you. In that situation, you can ask the landlord for documentation that the person has permission to sublet the apartment. Even if the landlord wants to rent out an apartment that the person owns, it is not certain that the person will be allowed to do so. Check the housing association's rules on this.

6. Deposit

Once you have signed the lease, you may need to pay a deposit to the landlord. The deposit is a security for the landlord in the event that you cause damage to the apartment or do not pay the rent. The deposit is typically between 1-3 months' rent. When both you and the landlord have signed the lease, you typically have a few days to transfer any deposit. You then only have to transfer money to a bank in your own country.

You should never transfer a deposit in these situations:

- Never transfer the deposit/advance rent for the apartment to a foreign bank.

- Never transfer the deposit/advance rent for the apartment to someone you have not met in person.

- Never transfer the deposit/advance rent for the apartment before you have signed a rental contract by both parties.

- Never transfer the deposit/advance rent for the apartment before you have checked whether the landlord has the right to rent the apartment.

- Never transfer the deposit/advance rent for the apartment before you have received a showing of the apartment.

7. Agreement on moving in

Remember to make a clear agreement with the landlord about moving in. When can you move in? When can you get the keys? Etc. etc.

8. The move

When everything is in place, you can start moving into your new apartment. Remember to change your address.