Renting in Sweden: How do I know if I’m being charged legally?

According to Swedish law; ‘You cannot be extra charged than a “sensible” charge, and until now, there is a black market.”

It only applies if you rent an apartment, room, or house from someone else. And it is in Swedish known as ”I underhand” or ‘second hand.’

Renting directly from the building owner or residential agency with a so-called förstahandskontrakt (first-hand contract) means that the rent is often controlled. But so is the queuing system, which often means you have to wait for many years to get one of these agreements in Big cities.

The rules are a little changed in both cases. It is much easier to estimate the suitable rent for a hyresrätt flat, as your landlord pays the rental charge himself. They may charge you more than the original charges they pay in rent and cover the additional rental fees or services (such as internet, TV, and electricity). In addition to the surcharge, you may also receive an additional charge if you rent a furnished apartment.

The law does not specify how much extra they can charge for a furnished flat. But around 10-15% is usually sensible. Note that this is purely for a furnished home, or you can say a property where the renter can live without taking any other furniture.

As a substitute, the estimate is made based on the market value of each month’s value. That can be worked out based on a similar property just sold. Formerly, four percent is generally added to meet the “cost of investment.”

Besides, you will have to pay a monthly fee. This consists of things like the internet, TV, and electricity. But if someone else is the property owner, there is also a monthly fee to pay to the bostadsrättsförening. If a landlord rents a furnished property, he can add 10-15% to cover it.

And what if you’re not using the entire property, but only part of it?

However, it is not easy for any private property. 

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