Rent a home - Step-by-Step guide
A step-by-step guide to renting a home in Sweden
1. Choose type of property
Do you want to live in a house/villa, apartment or perhaps in shared flat? This information is important to know before initiating the hunt for a home. To know what type of property you want to rent will make it easier to find what you are looking for as it will narrow down your search and reduces confusion when comparing renting prices.
2. Start searching for a rental property
When you know what type of property you want to rent and how you want to live, it is time to start searching for a property to rent. Even though it may seem difficult, there are many ways to go about. Whether it is via your network of family and friends or if it is via a digital rental agency.
3. Contact the landlord
Once you have found a property of your interest, you contact the landlord or responsible publisher. It is important that you are formal in your approach and that you show genuine interest since most landlords in Sweden are already swamped with tenants/applicants to consider.
4. View the rental property
No matter if it is a physical or digital showing, it is good to view the property, its shape and layout. Once you move in you can compare the state of the property with previously viewed occasion.
5. Compare the rent with other rentals on the market
It is important that you feel comfortable with the rent you will pay in. Therefore make sure to compare the rent with other rental prices on the market. If the rent is above market price, you can negotiate to a more relevant price and use the market price as basis.
6. Sign rental agreement
It is very important that there is a rental agreement in place before you move in to the rental home to avoid fraud and other conflicts. Make sure to read through the agreement given to you by the landlord/ publisher and make sure they are aligned with local rules and laws. According to Swedish law, tenants have one calendar month's notice period and landlords have three calendar month's notice period. See more at Renthia.com
7. Inspect the property
Once you have moved in to your property it is important that you review it's condition. Make sure that all the inventories mentioned in the agreement are actually there and that there are no damages which have not been highlighted already. In case of any concerns, make sure to talk to the landlord as soon as you discover the issue to avoid future conflicts.
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