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How to avoid being ripped off when you're renting in Sweden

A large number of internationals in Sweden are believed to be renting apartments on the unregulated black market. File photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

Published: 22.Feb.2019 14:14 hrs

More and more people who live in second-hand rentals in Sweden are claiming they have been illegally overcharged by landlord. The Local speaks to an expert to find out how prices have changed, why, and how renters can avoid being ripped off.

Rent controls apply to many properties in Sweden, but in the larger cities the queues for these so-called first-hand contracts are so long that many people wait more than ten years for an apartment. These leaves many people relying on sublets or 'second-hand' (andra hand) rentals, particularly since a tightening of requirements to get a mortgage has made it harder for Swedish residents to buy property.

And the cost of these second-hand rentals has soared over the past decade.

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