Find a home
Stockholm is one of the hottest tech hubs in the world and the fastest-growing city in Europe. As a consequence, the housing market is quite competitive. Find out how to best tackle the challenge to find a home.
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Apartments in Stockholm are regulated by a rental control system to keep the rent below what the market would dictate, and those apartments are distributed through queues or contacts.
A first-hand (Förstahand) contract means that the apartment is in your name and you deal directly with the landlord. This usually requires several years in the housing queue.
A second-hand (Andrahand) contract is in essence a sublet, which may or may not have the consent of the landlord – and this is usually an agreement for a specified time period. Keep in mind that if you sublet an apartment without consent from the landlord, you run the risk of being evicted at short notice. Deposits are a common procedure, but shouldn’t be more than a month's rent. You should also get a receipt (even hand-written) for your deposit.
A regular studio apartment in Stockholm and the surrounding areas costs around 8,000-13,000 SEK/month. Make sure you visit the apartment, before you pay anything. And if you rent a furnished apartment, make sure the furniture is of acceptable quality.
Useful links for finding a home
There are a number of ways to find available sublets. Bostad Direkt is a commercial agency that helps people find apartments around town. They’re a useful online resource for finding a second-hand rental. You pay a fee for 45 days, but get many more leads than from the free alternatives. They also check all housing ads for possible frauds, before they’re published on their site, and remove old ads. Bostad Direkt helps you create a good profile, with a picture and information about yourself on their website, so possible landlords can learn a little bit about you when you do your searches.
Another service is Qasa, whose tools help you find the right tenant or home, manage rental agreements, payments and all the things you might find difficult with your rental.
Some of these sites will be in Swedish, so familiarise yourself with some basic Swedish housing vocabulary:
Lägenhet/hyresrätt = flat/rental flat
Hyra lägenhet = rent a flat
Uthyres (i andra hand) = to let (sublet)
(Number) rum och kök = the number of rooms a flat contains aside from the kitchen and WC. “2 rum och kök” is a 2-room flat with a kitchen.
If you're interested in buying your own place, Hemnet is the most popular site for finding a home.