Tenant rights and legal aid
Tenants (or renters) in Denmark are protected by the Danish rental act. If you have been scammed or face problems with your landlord, you can seek help from the following organisations:
Copenhagen Legal Aid (Retshjælp)
If you need free legal aid with contracts or other issues on renting a home, you can contact Copenhagen Legal Aid (Retshjælp in Danish). You need to fulfil certain conditions to receive free legal aid:
- Your personal income must not exceed DKK 344,000 (2021) a year before tax if you are single
- If you are married or living with a partner, your joint income must not exceed DKK 437,000 (2021) a year before tax.
Rent Control Board (Huslejenævn)
The Rent Control Board (Huslejenævn in Danish) settles disputes between landlords and tenants. Landlords and tenants pay a fee to bring a case to the rent control board.
Examples of cases that can be settled by the rent control board:
- Level of rent or rent increase
- Utility bills such as water and heating
- Issues related to repayment of housing deposit