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Accommodation in Denmark comes in a variety of forms and is generally of an exceptional standard. From city apartments to suburban houses, expats are sure to find something to suit their lifestyle and budget. Most newcomers to Denmark rent their accommodation rather than buy.
Types of accommodation in Denmark
Expats in Denmark can choose from apartments or suburban houses. Most accommodation in Danish cities comprises of apartment blocks, and is best suited for single professional expats or young couples. Houses are more common in the suburbs, most of which have gardens. Suburban houses are usually the best option for those expats with children.
New arrivals in Denmark who want to live in the city should look out for apartments in beautiful historical buildings. These can be a real find for those lucky enough, as the apartments are generally of a high standard.
Finding accommodation in Denmark
Expats looking for accommodation in Denmark should read the listings in local newspapers and online property postings. A more convenient, but also more expensive, option is to enlist the help of a real-estate agent. Estate agents will have the most extensive list of available housing and can also arrange viewings for prospective tenants.
It is also a good idea to speak to other expats already living in Denmark to find out how they went about finding accommodation. It’s quite common for expats to take over the lease of other departing expats.
Renting accommodation in Denmark
Signing a lease
Once expats have found a rental to their liking, they will need to sign a tenancy agreement. Expats should ensure that they read their lease carefully before signing and should negotiate any terms they are unhappy with.
Once the lease is signed, expats will need to pay a deposit of up to three months’ rent. Tenants will also typically have to pay three months of rent upfront and in advance.
Utilities are usually an additional charge on top of rent. Heating and water are usually paid to the landlord while electricity is typically paid directly to the supplying company.
►For information on expat expenses in Denmark see our page on the Cost of Living in Denmark
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