Guide to Danish accommodation terms

Accommodation search in Denmark might get tricky because of the language barrier. We have prepared a guide to Danish accommodation terms, as well as some useful tips when searching for accommodation in Denmark.

Good to know

  • Most Danish rental properties are unfurnished. However, rentals are equipped with white goods, kitchen and bathroom cupboards.
  • Rental ads in Denmark state a number of rooms (not bedrooms). For instance, a 2 room apartment consists of kitchen, bathroom and 2 rooms which may be used as bedroom and/or living room.
  • 1st floor is not always 1st floor. In Denmark, the first floor of a building is called stuen or stueetage (st.), translated as “ground floor”. After the ground floor, the following floors are called 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.
  • If you see “tv” next to the floor number, it means the apartment is located "til venstre" (on the left) of the landing, and if it is “th”, it means it is "til hoejre" (to the right) of the entrance.  Not very common, but there is also "mf", which mean "midtfor"-  in the center of the floor.

  

Contracts

The rental contract defines rights and obligations of the tenant and the landlord, including the amount of rent you must pay and the conditions for moving-in and moving-out.

It is a common practice that landlords in Denmark use the authorized version of a standard rental contract in Danish. The English version of the rental contract is not authorized but can be used as a translation of the authorized Danish contract.

 

Dictionary – rent related words

Lejlighed   Apartment
Husleje/Leje   Rent
Betaling   Payment
Depositum   Deposit
Forudbetalt leje   Pre-paid rent
Konto   Account
Overtagelse   Possession
Indflytning(-sdato)   Occupation (date)
Opsigelse(-sfrist)   (Terms of) notice
Fraflytning   Vacation
Delevenlig   Suitable for sharing
Særlige vilkår   Special conditions
Husdyr (ikke) tilladt   Pet(s) (not) allowed
Lejemål   Tenancy
Udlejer   Landlord/landlady
Lejer   Tenant
Bofaellesskab   Shared rental
Fremlejes   Sublet


Utilities

A Conto (A/C)   Charges for utilities
Varme   Heating
A Conto (A/C)   Charges for utilities
Skatter og afgifter   Taxes
Vand   Water
El   Electricity


Parts of a house

Værelse   Room
Badvaerelse (bad)   Bathroom
Køkken   Kitchen
Sovevaerelse   Bedroom
Stue   Living room
Altan   Balcony
Entre   Entrance
Trapper   Stairs
Vaskerum/vaskeri   Washroom/utility room/laundry room
Kælder   Cellar
Parkeringsplads   Parking place

Equipment

Komfur/ovn   Stove/oven
Køleskab   Refrigerator
Emhætte   Cooker hood
Opvaskemaskine   Dish washer
Vaskemaskine   Washing machine
Tørretumbler   Tumble dryer