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What renters in Norway should know when they move homes

Your contract is almost up, and your tenancy is nearly at an end, so what do you need to know about moving out and settling into a new place in Norway? 

Pictured is an apartment block in Oslo.
This is what you should know if you are moving apartments in Norway. Pictured is a block of flats in Norway. Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash

So, you’ve been renting in Norway, but your tenancy is coming to an end you’ll be moving out into a new place. 

What should you expect, what do you need to know about the process, and when can you expect your deposit back? Here we answer those questions and guide you through what you should know about moving apartments in Norway. 

Notice period

The notice period for rental contracts in Norway is typically around three months, some contracts will have different notice periods, but this will generally be stated in the lease. The notice will need to be given in writing. 

Tenants can terminate a lease in Norway at any time without specifying why. One final thing to note is that the three months begin from the last day of the month from when the notice was issued. 

When is the deposit given back? 

The security deposit you paid at the beginning of the tenancy is returned once the apartment checkout process is completed. The checkout process is the same as in most other countries, whereby the landlord inspects the place to ensure the apartment is in the same condition as when you initially moved in. 

As a general rule of thumb, the deposit should always sit in a separate account that neither party can touch until the tenancy ends. After that, any fees charged by the landlord will be paid into a different account owned by the landlord. 

What if there is a dispute about the deposit? 

Typically, the best way to avoid disputes around the deposit is to take pictures before and after you move in and put together an inventory. 

Keeping receipts and invoices for any purchases or services, such as the end of tenancy clean, is also a good idea. You should also keep a record of correspondence with your landlord. 

However, even then, problems can still occur. Since landlords typically ask for the equivalent of three months in rent as a deposit, this can seriously dent your cash flow. 

If the problem doesn’t look like it can be resolved amicably, you can refer any potential issues to the Rent Disputes Committee.

The Rent Disputes Committee is a government agency that can resolve conflicts through mediation and enforceable rulings. The committee deals with all manners of issues from evictions, late payment of rent, withholding of deposits and more.

The committee’s resolution team are lawyers that specialise in rental law. Both tenants and landlords can use the service. 

Cases handled by the committee usually take around 12 weeks to be processed. 

READ MORE: How to resolve disputes with your landlord

End of tenancy clean

In Norway, you are required by law to leave the place clean and more or less to the same standard you found it.  

This leaves you two options. You can either choose to do it yourself or book an end-of-tenancy clean. An end-of-tenancy clean is perhaps the easiest option. However, end-of-tenancy cleaning in Norway can be costly. Depending on the size of the place, you could be expected to pay up to 6,000 kroner. 

If you do it yourself, it’ll take two people a full day or probably more to get it up to the standard of a professional end-of-tenancy clean. You will also need to be incredibly thorough with your cleaning. 

What isn’t allowed is for the landlord to choose a cleaning company on your behalf and bill you for it.  

Report the move

When you move homes in Norway, you are legally required to notify the authorities of an address change within 31 days of moving, or eight days after taking over the new place

This ensures that the address you are listed under in the national population register is correct. 

You will also need to register the move with the national postal service Posten Norge. 

READ ALSO: How to register a change of address in Norway

Fix the bills, change GPS

When you move, it’ll be down to you to cancel the electricity agreement and grid rent for your current place and sort an arrangement for your new home If you will be paying the bill. 

Some places may ask you to enter your målepunkt-ID. This is an eight-digit number that appears on your electricity bills. 

If you are moving a decent distance, you’ll also need to switch your GP on Norway’s digital health portal, Helsenorge. 

Moving costs

Using a removal firm, you can expect to pay around 750-1,500 kroner for two people and a moving vehicle. However, the cost will depend on who you choose and how far you are moving. For example, if you are moving from Oslo to Tromsø, it will cost a lot more than you move from Drammen to Drøbak. 

Many places will offer a free estimate, so maybe order one, so you can budget. Be sure the company has liability insurance and extended freight liability insurance. You will need to take out transport insurance on your items if you are transporting valuable as moving agencies’ liability insurance does not cover more than NOK 1,200 per cubic meter of damaged moving goods.

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Rent prices in Norway in steep rise during second quarter

Rental prices in Norway's four largest cities rose in the second quarter of this year, with prices up 4.2 percent overall from last year, figures from Real Estate Norway show. 

Rent prices in Norway in steep rise during second quarter

A sharp rise in the cost of renting in Norway was recorded in the second quarter of 2022, the latest figures from Real Estate Norway (Eiendom Norge) show. 

“Eiendom Norge’s rental housing price statistics show that there was a historically strong rise in rental housing prices in Norway in the second quarter of 2022. Stavanger and Sandnes had the strongest growth with an increase of 5.2 per cent, followed by Oslo with 3.2 per cent and Trondheim with 2.5 per cent,” Managing Director of Eiendom Norge, Henning Lauridsen, said. 

However, the cost of renting in Bergen dropped 3.1 percent in the second quarter. Despite this, rental prices had increased sharply in Bergen and the west of Norway in general overall in the past year. 

During the last 12 months, Stavanger/Sandnes and Bergen had the largest rental price increases with rises of 10.3 and 6.6 percent. Trondheim had the third largest growth with 4.6 percent, followed by Oslo with 3.6 percent. 

“We link the strong growth in rental prices in west and south-west Norway to strong growth in the Norwegian economy as a result of increased activity in the oil industry in this region. In the student city of Bergen, prices are probably also driven up because the pandemic is over and the infection control measures have been lifted,” Lauridsen explained. 

Another thing reported by Real Estate Norway was a low supply of rental homes in Norway. 

“We have never previously registered such a low supply of homes for rent on Finn.no. While the supply is relatively stable in Bergen and Trondheim, the supply has decreased a lot in Stavanger/Sandnes and Oslo. In Oslo, the supply is at a disturbingly low level, which has matched up with reports in Media,” the managing director said. 

At the end of June this year, there were 45 percent fewer rental properties on the market compared to the year before, financial newspaper Finansavisen reported last week. 

“It is a demanding time for those entering the rental market right now. There are simply too few homes on the market,” Jørgen Hellestveit, marketplace director at Finn Eiendom, told Finansavisen.

Despite the more limited selection, rental homes are also being snapped up much quicker than last year. Last year, a home was listed on the market for 13, 13 and 12 days in May, June and July before a lease was signed. In the same months this year, properties lasted 10, eight and 11 days on the market before a tenant was found, according to Finn.no. 

READ MORE: Low number of rental properties available in Norway despite huge demand

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