”I don’t have a choice, I must live somewhere”.
Many of us have been in an identical scenario, typically when moving to a new city. Many landlords, regrettably, take advantage of the housing shortage and impose an unreasonable rent on tenants. Besides the immoral aspect, it is also opposite to Swedish law. Despite that, 96% of Stockholms privately advertised apartments demand excessive and unreasonable rent. In most other cities in Sweden, the situation is similar.
We provide you with a choice. You can choose to take back the excessive part of your rent and/or pay less for future months. Forget expensive legal firms with high hourly fees that you will have to pay regardless of the outcome. We will spend all the time the legal process demands without any extra fees. If we would be unsuccessful in reclaiming the excessive rent paid or lowering future rents, you pay nothing!
You can register your rent regardless of whether you rent the whole apartment or only a part of it. Is does not matter if your flatmate shares a contact with you or if you have separate ones. You can even register your rent if your landlord is renting out the apartment without proper permission ( either lacking the permission of their own landlord or a housing cooperative). The process is between you and you landlord only, no other parties needs to be informed if you do not wish it to happen. Even if they were to be informed, renting without permission is not illegal in any way, you could however be given notice to move as your landlord might be in breach of a contract with their own landlord.
Your Rights under Swedish Law
Your landlord either rents the apartment him/herself or owns it through a private housing cooperative (“bostadsrätt”). The former pay rent just like you whilst the latter pay a special fee. Notwithstanding, both arrangements carry with them obligatory legal limits for how much your landlord is allowed to charge you each month. This is irregardless of how your agreement may be framed. To sum it up, a private person is not allowed to rent for monetary gain. Even though the rent by law has to be reasonable, landlords often charge substantially more as tenants ”have their hands tied” in the contemporary housing market.
If your landlord, him- or herself, rent the apartment and you feel that you have paid – or are indeed paying – an unreasonably high rent, let us know. If we then are successful in the ensuing legal procedure we will recover the excess rent from the day the claim is filed and a full year backwards. That’s right, we can retroactively recover the excess rent (with a maximum of 12 months) that is higher than the level deemed reasonable by the court. If you are still renting the apartment, your future rent will be lowered to the same amount. As such, it is vital that you contact us as soon as possible – at the latest 3 months after the expiration of your contract or you moving out.
If your landlord instead owns the apartment, we cannot recover your rent for past months. Instead, we can lower your future rent to a reasonable amount, starting from the date we file your claim. We will lower your rent for a fixed fee if we succeed. If we were to be unsuccessful, our service is free of charge.
Alban has a LL.M. Candidate from Stockholm University and is currently pursuing a master of Law at Penn State University. Alban has considerable experience of legal proceedings as well as multiple legal disciplines including; sport law and athlete representation; private arbitration; and commercial law.
Daniel has a Law degree from Stockholm University with previous studies at Hawaii Pacific University (Diplomacy and Military Studies). Daniel has previously worked as in-house legal counsel at multiple startups, and has extensive experience of; IT-law and digital applications; commercial law, focused on import/export; and international trademarking.