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How to find out if you're paying too much in rent in Norway

Robin-Ivan Capar
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How to find out if you're paying too much in rent in Norway
Whether you're looking for a rental or already a tenant, knowing your local rental market is key to ensuring that you don't overpay. Photo by Alexander Sinn on Unsplash

Rental prices in Norway have soared in recent years, leading many tenants to reevaluate their leases and look for cheaper options.

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Rental prices in Norway have surged significantly, prompting tenants across the country to reassess their lease agreements.

But how can you tell if you're paying too much in rent? And what is considered an unreasonably high rent in Norway?

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The Local has prepared a simple and practical guide to help you navigate the process and avoid overpaying.

Getting a solid overview of the rental market

Whether you're looking for a rental or already a tenant, knowing your local rental market is key to ensuring that you don't overpay.

One of the most time-effective ways to gauge whether your rent is reasonable is to use online tools and resources.

Start by visiting the real estate section of, Norway's largest online marketplace. There, you'll be able to fine-tune your filter to your rental needs and area, and the platform will then show you what landlords for similar homes are currently asking for.

Additionally, the rent indexes available on platforms like offer data on average rental prices, allowing you to benchmark your rent against the market.


Use a rent calculator

Another smart choice is to use online rent calculators operated by trusted organisations and institutions. offers one such rent calculator. It is based on the site's database of leases from private and professional landlords across the country, which is updated by around three thousand leases per month.

Just enter your area code and home requirements, and it will provide you with a monthly rent estimate (along with a realistic range – from lowest to highest).

You can also use a similar rent calculator on Statistics Norway's (SSB) website.

What is an unreasonably high rent in Norway?

According to the Norwegian Tenancy Act, rent for a property is considered "unreasonable" if it is not comparable to that of similar premises in the same area.

Therefore, make sure you do your homework and research the market by using the tools we outlined above.

If you determine that the asking price is higher than that of comparable homes in the area, you'll likely be (or already are) overpaying.


When can the rent be changed?

The NorwegianTenancy Act also states that rent adjustments can only occur no earlier than one year after the previous rent determination, whether it's since the contract was entered into or the last rent adjustment.

The new rent is typically calculated based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), ensuring it does not exceed this limit.

The CPI reflects the actual development of prices for goods and services in Norway, with Statistics Norway collecting data on various items each month.

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By comparing index figures over time, you can assess the percentage change in prices - and determine the appropriate rent adjustment.

Know that both landlords and tenants have the right to demand a change in rent, provided that the adjustment aligns with changes in the consumer price index and proper written notice is given within the specified timeframe.


Getting out of a rental contract

Once you've signed a rental lease, you're legally bound by its terms and responsibilities.

Terminating the agreement isn't straightforward - specific steps must be followed, typically involving providing notice and potentially paying rent for the notice period.

Termination is usually initiated by giving notice, with a standard three-month notice period beginning from the first day of the following month.

Your rental contract usually outlines termination procedures, notice periods, and other terms - so make sure to familiarise yourself with the contract terms.

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For instance, some contracts may specify a no-termination clause during the initial year.

Tenants can usually terminate a non-fixed term tenancy agreement, while in the case of fixed-term leases, where the rental duration is predetermined, you'll usually be obligated to adhere to the lease terms, which generally entails paying rent for the entire duration.

To terminate a fixed-term lease, you must demonstrate valid reasons for contract nullification, such as substantial property issues.

If you want to learn more about this topic, check out The Local's in-depth explainer on how to get out of a rental contract in Norway.


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Sandi Bohle 2024/05/02 18:33
I just compared rental costs between Drammen and Los Angeles. The rates in Norway seem much lower when comparing an 800 sq ft one-bedroom apartment. 11,500 NOK (1,041.94 USD) for one in a great neighborhood in Drammen. In LA, I was paying $2500 USD a month for a 700 sq ft apartment.

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