Stricter rules from October 1 regarding black rental contracts, unauthorized second-hand rentals and extortionate rent amounts.

From October 1, the laws on selling leases, buying leases, second-hand rental, apartment exchange and renting have been tightened.

This means that anyone who buys a rental contract can be punished with up to two years in prison. If you rent out your apartment in second hand with an unusually high rent you will be in violation of the contract. If you don’t have an approval for renting out your apartment with the extra rent it can be punishable by imprisonment of up to two years. Anyone who wants to change their apartment must have lived in the apartment for at least a year and can no longer change from a tenancy to an ownership.

Stricter laws from October 1

  • The second-hand rent must not be higher than the tenant’s own rent with an extra 15% for furniture and actual costs like electricty and broadband.
  • If an unusually high rent is being charged, the tenant can forfeit his contract without the landlord needing to send a warning beforehand. The tenant will not get a second chance to correct the violation.
  • The second hand tenant may claim back rent for up to two years, compared to one year today.
  • Anyone who rents out without permission from the landlord can also forfeit the contract without warning or a chance to correct the violation.
  • If the rental is illegal and the second hand rent is too high, the tenant can be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment of a maximum of two years.
  • Anyone who pays money for a lease can be punished with imprisonment for up to two years.
  • The sale of black contracts had already been illegal, but now the laws are tightened there as well. The scale of the sentence ranges from a fine to a prison term of a maximum of four years.