Housing in Sweden

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Read about the different types of housing in Sweden, and the capital gains tax payable when you sell a private residence.

There are different types of housing in Sweden. You can rent a flat via the municipal letting agencies or via private landlords. You can buy a tenant-owned flat in a housing cooperative (bostadsrätt), a house, or a summer cottage. If you are a student, you can also live in a hall of residence.

Rental property (tenancy)

If you want to rent a property (hyresrätt), you should contact the Swedish municipality to which you want to move, for information about any municipal letting companies. Municipalities have their own letting agencies where you can put your name on a waiting list.

You can also contact a private landlord in the Swedish municipality to which you want to move.

You can find property advertisements in the big newspapers, in the local media in the area you want to live, and online.

Subletting contracts

In many of the larger cities in Sweden, subletting contracts (andrahandskontrakt) are very common, as finding rental property is difficult.

If you have a subletting contract, it means you are not the sitting tenant in the flat - you are renting it from the primary tenant, not the owner of the property.

This type of flat is often more expensive than an ordinary flat, and the rental is for a limited period. Make sure you always have a rental agreement before you move into a flat. Unless agreed otherwise, the period of notice in Sweden is one month.

Standard facilities

Standard equipment/facilities in Swedish flats are fridge, freezer, shower and/or bath, and access to a laundry.

Normally, a deposit is not required.

Buying a property

There are no restrictions on the rights of Nordic citizens to buy property in Sweden,

nor are there any restrictions on the right to register in the Swedish Population Register and live in a holiday cottage on a permanent basis. You should ask your municipality about what types of municipal service you are entitled to in your holiday cottage.

Many flats are tenant-owned in housing cooperatives, where you purchase a share of the actual property and thereby the right to use your flat. There are certain restrictions involved with this type of property - for example, you are not allowed to rent out your flat without the approval of the housing cooperative board.

It is the housing association that jointly owns and administers the property in which the flat is situated. The association is jointly managed by everyone living in the property, and the rules vary from association to association.

Regardless of the type of property you are looking for, you can find tips, information and relevant links that will help you in your search on these websites:

Student housing

In many university towns and cities, there is a limited amount of student accommodation. To qualify for student accommodation, various study-related requirements must be satisfied.

You can find relevant student accommodation portals in Sweden if you enter the Swedish words for student and housing (“student bostad”) in a search engine.

For student accommodation, a Swedish personal identity number is generally required.

Selling property in the country you move from

If you move to Sweden and register in the Swedish Population Register before you sell your property in the country you move from, you must pay capital gains tax to the Swedish Tax Agency. This is because the value of any profit generated by the sale of property is taxed according to Swedish tax regulations.

You should therefore consider whether you want to sell your property in the country from which you are moving before you move to Sweden. Contact the Swedish Tax Agency for information on capital gains tax generated by the sale of a private residence.

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