Legal Rights Housing

 You may be wondering about your rights as a tenant are in Norway. Here we have gathered some of the most important things to consider before moving into a new apartment. If you want to know more, the free student legal service, Jusshjelpa. More on renting at the Jusshjelpa website (Norwegian)


Even though no written contract is required, this is important to protect you as a tenant. If any problems arise, the most important things are usually written down in the contract, and that way you know how to deal with them. If something is unclear in the contract, it is important to ask the homeowner so that both parties agree before signing.

The most advisable thing is to inspect the apartment before you move in so as to avoid conflicts upon taking over. If something is not in the condition you expect, this should be pointed out before signing a contract. If something should be inadequate or in poor condition, it should be emphasized in the lease.

Deposit and Deposit Account
It is common to pay a deposit before moving into an apartment. This is usually the value of two or three months rent. The deposit can be deposited to an account that is opened by the homeowner at the expense of the homeowner. When you move out of the apartment, you get the deposit back as well as any interest earned. If there has been damage to the apartment during the rental period, homeowners are entitled to deduct the sum of the damage from the deposit upon repayment.

Period of Notice
The rental agreement can be established for a fixed or indefinite period. The contract must state how long the notice period is. It is common with a three-month period of notice on a fixed-term agreement. The period of notice starts from the month after you cancel your apartment. There will still be paid rent during the period of notice.

Defects identified after relocation
If, after having signed a contract and moving in, there are defects in the home, you must contact the homeowner as soon as possible. It is important here to ask yourself what condition the apartment is in and what price you are paying. When reporting such defects, this should be done in writing.

If one finds a defect, one can demand that the defect be corrected, hold back the rent, demand a price reduction or demand a refund to compensate for your financial loss. If the defect is significant, you can terminate the contract. Not many defects are sufficient for the contract to be terminated and, in general, there is a very high threshold for having the right to terminate the lease. In these cases, it is advisable to contact someone for legal assistance.

Your duties as a tenant
The homeowner is responsible for keeping the property in the condition it was when the contract was signed. The tenant is obligated to return the apartment to the condition in which the apartment was taken over prior to moving out. The landlord cannot make major changes without the consent of the person living in the apartment, unless it is necessary maintenance. You are required to undertake basic maintenance of the apartment. By this involves things like changing light bulbs, clean the drains, wash the exhaust hood and other similar tasks. Should serious damage occur in the apartment, you should attempt to limit the damage as much as possible.

The landlord is not entitled to enter the property unless agreed upon in advance. Here, as a tenant, you are also obligated to assist in arranging these planned inspections.