Important information to host/property owner
1. The simplified Standard Agreement provided through this website, is suggested to be used when a host (below “Host” or “You”) rents out his/her private residence to refugees (tenants). The conditions are standardized and should be considered in each individual case.
2. The Host shall ensure that the scope of its insurance cover is sufficient in relation to the individual lease and the housing of the tenant/-s. Please contact your insurance-company for further information.
3. If the Host is obligated to obtain approval of the agreement from a third party, for example, a housing society (Sw. bostadsrättsförening) or property owner, the Host is encouraged to obtain such approval before entering into a lease/tenancy agreement.
4. Note that the Host is usually responsible for the tenant in relation to, for example, a housing society (Sw. bostadsrättsförening) or property owner.
Rent or other compensation and notice periods
5. A tenancy contract on a defined term, expires at the agreed end-date. In the event the lease is not free of charge (which is the case even if only operating costs shall be paid), there are mandatory rules on e.g. notice periods (for pre-termination), meaning that the Host must observe 3 months’ notice and the tenant shall observe 1 months’ notice. For a lease that is rent-free the notice period should be “reasonable”.
6. If You and the tenant agree on extending the lease term, it is advised to renew the tenancy contract with the new lease period. If a tenancy agreement with rent is informally extended (without a new agreement is effectuated), the lease may be regarded as automatically extended on a continuous basis. This will then require 3 months’ written notice from the Host ‘s side to be terminated.
Protection of tenancy (Sw. besittningsskydd)
7. When a Host rents out his/her private residence the main rule is that the tenant does not obtain a protection of tenancy (Sw. besittningsskydd) and the lease can therefore easily be terminated from the Host’s side.
8. If the lease relates to the subletting (Sw. Andrahandsuthyrning) of a rent-apartment to a tenant for independent use, the lease must end before it has lasted longer than two consecutive years, or protection of tenancy could arise for the tenant, which reduces the Host’s possibilities of terminating the lease.
9. If the lease does not relate to the host’s private residence (but instead the property of a company) there are additional situations where a protection of tenancy could arise for the tenant. In such cases, the Host shall consider the need for additional contract terms and documents.
10. A lease/tenancy agreement with a rent (including reimbursement for solely operating costs) is subject to Swedish applicable law, which is the Real Property Code (1970:994) (Sw. Jordabalken) Chapter 12 and/or the Private Housing Act (2012:978) (Sw. Privatbostadslagen).