Many of us have been in this very situation, for instance when moving
to a new city for studies or for work. There are no available apartments!
This is exploited by many hosts who sublet an apartment they don't even
own, often at egregious prices. Apartments, subsidized by the government,
are sublet at an excessive rent. Claiming excessive rent is not only
immoral but actually against the law, because the host subletting is
making a profit from taxpayers' subsidy money. And you, the lodger or
tenant is the one, in the end, paying egregious rent.
Despite it being against the law, more than 96% of Stockholms apartments
on the second hand market are marked at substantially excessive rent.
In the other large cities, the situation is similar.
We give you a another opportunity. You can sell the right to your
claim for money back, to us. You are then guaranteed a payout
from us. You can leave the legal technicalities, the waiting times and
the uncertainty behind.
When someone rents you an apartment second hand, there are rules
determining how high the second hand rent can be. The rules are
imperative, that is, they cannot be negotiated away. This is because,
in Sweden, as an individual, must not rent out second hand for profit.
According to the law, the second hand rent must reasonable.
If you believe you have paid an excessive amount of rent for a second hand
contract, you can report this to us. According to the practice by
the Regional rent and tenancies tribunals you must not
charge more for rent than what you pay yourself. Because of this rule,
it's important you get in touch with us as soon as you can - three months
after you moved out, at the very latest!
Condominium and House
If you rented second hand from a condo or from a house owner, you can
adjust future rent, but you cannot retroactively get any excess rent
back. So don't delay - send your application to us.
Also you renting with a "black" contract are entitled to get your excess
rent back. Exactly the same rules apply for you as well for someone renting
"white". No part of the process involves the landlord or the Board, unless
you want to. It is not illegal to rent with a "black" contract second
hand. The landlord or the Board will not be informed that we paid your
excess rent back to you.
Lodger - Living in Somebody's Home
Also you as a lodger (living in someone elses home) are entitled to
get your excess rent back. For you, the same rules apply as for someone
who rented a full apartment.