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RENTING IN SWEDEN

Looking to rent in Sweden? Here are 13 websites that can help

Finding a house to rent in Sweden can be hard, especially if you are new to the country or still learning the language. The Local has put together a list of 13 sites that may help you find your next home.

Looking to rent in Sweden? Here are 13 websites that can help
Finding a house to rent in Sweden can be a difficult matter. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Samtrygg

Since 2013, Samtrygg has been providing safe and smooth sublets in Sweden. Each year, it facilitates the subleasing of 150,000 homes at a price agreed on by both parties. Samtrygg offers payment guarantee, sublet insurance and safe contracts and there’s good news for tenants – you won’t be required to pay a deposit or an advance.

Create a free Samtrygg profile and you’ll be notified when new accommodations become available

Blocket.se

As well as being a general classifieds site for everything from cars to the furniture to fill your new home with, Blocket offers a wide range of different accommodation options, from entire houses to single rooms, all over Sweden. Click on ‘bostad’, the ‘uthyres’ category if you’re looking to sub-let, then enter what exactly you’re looking for; alternatively, you can pay to post your own advert so potential landlords can contact you directly. Blocket is in Swedish only.


Photo: Screenshot/Blocket.se

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Bostad Direkt

This website offers second-hand housing for both private people and businesses. Available in English, though many housing descriptions are in Swedish.


Photo: Screenshot/Bostad Direkt

Qasa

This website lists houses, apartments and rooms for rent. Available in English. It’s free to use but note that if you find a rental through Qasa, a portion of the rent goes to the site – this is included in the figures on the site, but may mean prices are slightly higher than average.


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Residensportalen

Over 3,000 sublets, both corporate and private are available on the site. The offers range from small city apartments to large family homes, and the site also has information on avoiding rental scams and how to calculate reasonable rent. Available in English. You can also access it via The Local’s property page.


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Andrahand.se

A website that offers a list of sublets available for rent, usually accompanied by pictures. In Swedish only. It’s free to sign up to contact landlords, or you can pay extra to get advance notice of new apartments, which may increase your chances of finding something.


Photo: Screenshot/Andrahand.se

BoPunkten.se

A register where you can look for accommodation to rent all over Sweden, focussing mainly on rooms in shared apartments and smaller apartments. To contact landlords, you need to sign up as a member, which costs 495 kronor for three months. In Swedish only.


Photo: Screenshot/BoPunkten.se

The Local’s Noticeboard

The forum enables you to search for accommodation, advertise available apartments or rooms and put out appeals for available apartments all over Sweden.


Photo: Screenshot/The Local noticeboard

Student housing

The Swedish Student Accommodation Association

The association runs a useful site to help students search for accommodation in all Swedish university towns and cities. You can choose the town or city you are interested in and see which companies offer student housing around that area. In Swedish only, but the linked websites may offer English language options.


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Studentstaden

Owned by Uppsalahem AB (Uppsala’s leading housing company), the site offers over 3,000 student rooms and student apartments all over Uppsala. 


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Stifelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder

Stockholm’s biggest student housing provider, with nearly 8,000 rooms and apartments all over Stockholm, which are rented out through a waiting-list system. For the entire duration of the tenancy, you must be a member of the Student Union connected to the Stockholm Studenters Central Organization (the organization checks your status daily). Available in English.


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Studentbostäder

The website provides a list that shows numerous student housing agencies around Sweden so you can look for accommodation near you. In Swedish only, but some of the linked websites offer English language options.


Photo: Screenshot/Studentbostäder

Studentlya.nu

Sweden’s largest housing site for students. Landlords have the chance to rent out rooms and in some cases entire apartments on the site. Studentlya doesn’t own the properties themselves, but helps students find accommodation by connecting them to landlords. In Swedish only.


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PROPERTY

These are our readers’ top tips for buying a property in Sweden

Buying an apartment or house in Sweden can be a daunting process, but with rentals so hard to get, many foreigners end up taking the plunge. Here are the top tips from readers who have done it.

These are our readers' top tips for buying a property in Sweden

Get prepared! 

Most of the respondents to our survey stressed the importance of preparation. 

“Spend time on defining your requirements properly, including visits to different locations to narrow down your search,” advised Julian, a Brit living in Malmö. 

As well as working out your requirements, other participants argued, you should also get to grips with the way the bidding system works in Sweden, with one British woman recommending buyers “speak to professionals about the buying procedure”. One respondent went so far as to recommend hiring a buyers’ agent, something international employers sometimes provide for senior executives moving to Sweden. 

Elizabeth, a 26-year-old charity worker from South America, recommended that all buyers “learn to read a bostadsrättsförening årsredovisning”, the finance report for a cooperative housing block. (You can find The Local’s guide here.) 

Get to know the market 

Maja, an anthropologist from Hungary, said it was important to take time to get a feel for the market, suggesting buyers visit different areas to find the one that they like. 

“It will take 6-12 months easily,” she predicts. “Don’t rush. Visit the neighborhoods where you are thinking of buying.”
 
Others recommended spending time surfing Sweden’s two main housing websites, Hemnet and Booli, to get a better feel for how much different types of housing in different areas typically sell for, before starting to look seriously yourself, with one even recommending going to viewings before you have any intention of buying.  
 
“Start visiting houses and monitoring bids. That will give you a sense of the process,” recommends Shubham, 31, a software engineer from India.
 

 
Think about your expectations
 
While house prices have soared in Sweden’s cities over the past decade, the same is not the case in all rural areas, something some respondents thought buyers should take advantage of. “To buy a house at a lesser price, look at areas as far from urban areas as is possible for you and your family,” wrote Simon, a 61-year-old living in rural Sweden. 
 
Julian warned bidders against areas and types of homes that “will attract tens of ‘barnfamiljer’ (families with children), meaning “bidding wars will result”, pushing up the price. 
 
On the other hand, one respondent warned people to “avoid buying apartments in vulnerable areas, even though prices will be lower there”. 
 
An Italian buyer recommended looking at newly built apartments coming up for sale. 
 
 
Get a mortgage offer before your first serious viewing 
 
Getting a lånelöfte, literally “loan promise”, can be tricky for foreigners in Sweden, as our recent survey of banks’ policies showed. 
 
Shubham warned against applying for a loan promise from multiple banks, arguing that this can affect your credit rating if your finances are not otherwise good. He suggested using an umbrella site like Ordna Bolån and Lånekoll, although he warned that the payment they take from the ultimate mortgage provider might ultimately be taken from borrowers.  
 
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Get to know the estate agents, but don’t necessarily trust them 
 
Gaurav, a sales manager based in Stockholm, recommended getting to know local estate agents in the area where you are planning to buy, as they might be able to direct you towards owners who are in a hurry to sell. “Those can be the best deals as you have greater chances to avoid bidding on such properties,” he argued. 
 
Maja, from Hungary, warned, however, against believing that the estate agent is on the buyer’s side. 
 
“You cannot really make friends with them, they work for commission and they will also try to raise the selling price,” she said. “It’s how they present you to the seller that matters. Seem like a serious buyer.” 

 
Should you try to make an offer before bidding starts? 
 
Morgan, a 33-year-old marketing manager from France, said it was worth studying the kommande (coming soon) section on Hemnet and Booli to spot houses and flats before they are formally put on the market. “Be alert. Book an appointment asap and get a private visit to reduce competition. If the apartment is what you’re looking for, make a reasonable offer with a condition to sign the contract in the next 24 hours,” he recommends. “You will cut the bidding frenzy and save money.”
 
Gaurav also recommended getting a private viewing and making an offer while the property was still off the market, as did Julian. 
 
“If you are lucky, you might find owners who are in a hurry to sell,” Julian said. “Those can be the best deals as you have greater chances to avoid bidding on such properties.” 
 
But other foreigners warned against bidding before a property is publicly put up for sale on housing websites, arguing that estate agents used this as a way of getting higher prices than they would expect to get at auction.  
 
“You are essentially negotiating directly with the owner, without finding out the actual market price via bidding,” argued a 31-year-old Indian business analyst. “Usually this will work only for an apartment not in top condition.” 
 
What to watch out for in the bidding process 
 
Morgan advised buyers to take what estate agents say about rival bidders with a pinch of salt. 
 
“Estate agents will play the competition card. Don’t fall for their trick and keep a cool head. Ask yourself if it really worth it before increasing a bid,” he wrote. 
 
In Sweden, it is possible to make a hidden bid, which is not disclosed to other bidders. One Indian software developer warned that estate agents would often claim that there was such a bid to pressure you. 
 
“The hidden bids are really confusing as you don’t know the bid placed,” he said. “It’s a trap to get higher bids. “
 
A 21-year-old Romanian agreed it was important to watch out for estate agents who try to rush or panic you. 
 
“[Look out for] those that try to rush you into it by saying stuff like ‘this will be gone by Monday, the owner wants to sell fast’, or if they don’t want to include a two-week period to have the property inspected as a clause in the contract,” she said. 
 
Maja recommended choosing an estate agency that required all bidders to supply their personal number, with all bids made public, “because other agencies might cheat that price rise”. 
 
“Don’t be the first bidder,” she added. “Keep your cool, and if the agent calls or messages, just hold on. There is no official end to the bidding. Only when you sign the contract. So the best game is to seem very serious but not stupid. You have a budget, and try to sign the contract the same day or the next if you are the highest bidder.” 
 
Is now a good time to buy? 
 
The respondents were, predictably, divided. 
 
“It’s risky for both sellers and buyers,” said Carl, a Swede who recently returned home from China. “The market seems to correlate pretty well with central banks raising interest rates. If that’s the case, then it’s still a sellers’ market since central bank [Riksbank] will continue to increase interest rates until 2024.” 
 
“It’s difficult to predict anything at the moment,” agreed Gaurav. “Prices should fall a bit but that’s not happening in all the areas. Avoid buying or selling if you can for a few months.” 
 
“I see there is no difference in buying in total cost. You can get a property at a lower price but end up paying more in interest and the price is the same in five to ten years,” said one Indian software engineer. “Buying is still better than renting.”

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