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hyrabostad.se offering first-hand contracts

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RAFS
post 11.Nov.2017, 10:38 AM
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In my search for a rental I came across https://www.hyrabostad.se/ which claims to offer first-hand apartment rentals all over the country, including Stockholm, but I thought there was a 20 year queue for that. What am I missing here? They charge 249 SEK/year for membership, so is this some kind of a scam or do they legitimately offer something useful?
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intrepidfox
post 11.Nov.2017, 03:44 PM
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QUOTE (RAFS @ 11.Nov.2017, 10:38 AM) *
In my search for a rental I came across https://www.hyrabostad.se/ which claims to offer first-hand apartment rentals all over the country, including Stockholm, but I thought ... (show full quote)



You are still in a queue. All they are doing is informing where there are availiable flats
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RAFS
post 11.Nov.2017, 09:56 PM
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OK, that makes some sense. So it only makes sense to pay them once you've waited long enough in the queue and your number has come up? How do people find the available flats without them?

(I ask mostly out of curiosity, because I highly doubt I'll ever get a first-hand rental contract in Stockholm myself.)
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yet another brit
post 24.Aug.2018, 01:21 PM
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There is a common misconception about the queue for a first-hand apartment being 20 years. That may well be so in the apartments that go through the local council-owned bostadsförmedling, which will always include the public housing stock that the local council owns/operates.

But a private landlord can rent an (available) apartment to whoever they want, and sites like hyrabostad are putting you in touch with them - kind of operating a parallel and potentially shorter queue to more expensive apartments. The big fly in the ointment is that there just aren't that many.

And to answer the OPs question - the best way to get a first hand contract is to know a landlord personally.
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