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Posted by: kypp 30.Jan.2018, 07:24 PM

Hello,

I moved to Sweden a couple of years ago and bought an apartment with my girlfriend. We've broke up recently and I'm moving into a second hand rental apartment and have some questions.

1) What do we do about the apartment that we own: It's in both our names and I would like to sell, but I'm not sure if she will do that in a timely matter.

2) I found a second hand rental on one of those property search websites and the person that owns the apartment said to just by-pass the website and sign a contract with her. It seems legit and I will be reviewing the contract before signing of course. Is this normal in Sweden or are there some legal issues with this?

Thanks for your help!

Posted by: yet another brit 30.Jan.2018, 08:09 PM

QUOTE (kypp @ 30.Jan.2018, 07:24 PM) *
1) What do we do about the apartment that we own: It's in both our names and I would like to sell, but I'm not sure if she will do that in a timely matter.


You presumably weren't married. If you bought the apartment together with the intention of living in it, then it is split. One person can claim a right to carry on living in the apartment if they have a greater need, for example, if you have a child. In any case, she would owe you half the value. Otherwise, it has to be sold (which could be her selling half to you, of course). If in doubt...consult a lawyer. You can often get 15 mins advice for free.

QUOTE (kypp @ 30.Jan.2018, 07:24 PM) *
2) I found a second hand rental on one of those property search websites and the person that owns the apartment said to just by-pass the website and sign a contract with her. It seems legit and I will be reviewing the contract before signing of course. Is this normal in Sweden or are there some legal issues with this?


She will be trying to avoid a commission, I guess, which isn't the scam really (it probably breaches the T&Cs of the website, but that is a different thing). The scam comes when it turns out that she doesn't own the apartment. You need (be nice but firm about it) to make sure she does; look up who is resident there (ratsit / hitta etc), check with the förening if necessary, check her ID to match, and do not transfer any deposit until you are sure. Contract or not, the sublet may not be allowed by her förening (though the rules are easier than they used to be). Again, check.

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