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What rights do I have as a second-hand renter in Sweden?

Tenants in Sweden have some of the most extensive rights in the world. Photo: TT

Published: 21.May.2018 15:50 hrs

Renting second-hand in Sweden is tough, with high competition for homes in the big cities and contracts usually limited to a year at most. But the bright side is that you have a lot of rights as a renter in the country, with some of the world's most tenant-friendly laws -- just make sure you know what they are. Here's our guide to what you’re entitled to and the pitfalls to avoid when renting second-hand in Sweden.

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There are two types of renting in Sweden. Residents usually join a 'queue' for an elusive first-hand contract, which means you can stay long-term in a rent-controlled property. But these queues are long, with Swedes typically waiting several years for an apartment and even longer in the most popular areas, meaning the majority of foreigners rent second-hand. This is the Swedish term for subletting, meaning you rent either from someone with a first-hand contract (known as hyresrätt) or from someone who owns their own property as part of a collective (bostadsrätt).

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