How to take up the discussion about deficiencies with your landlord

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Do you have any shortcomings in your residence that your landlord has not remedied yet? Learn how to take up the discussion with the landlord.

What are deficiencies?

If anything in the residence does not meet the expectations you could rightly have, there is a deficiency.

If the residence has a defect, which you have not caused yourself, you are required to have these remedied by your landlord. Your landlord is required to maintain, throughout the rental period, the part of the lease which he has the obligation to maintain. This implies among other things he needs to correct deficiencies. You are responsible for the part of the residence where you have a maintenance obligation.

It is rarely a comfortable situation when asking the landlord to spend time and money to rectify a defect in the residence. However, we would like to try to provide you with a guide to how you can best get in touch with the landlord. If this is anxiety is too much for you, DIGURA is of course helpful with dialogue with the landlord. Contact DIGURA here.

When delivering a negative message, it is important to keep a good tone, so the landlord feels that you are kind to them. At the same time, you must be clear that the lack is not due to your behavior. You can explain to the landlord how the damage has occurred, so the landlord better understands the situation and does not think that you are trying to cheat him. Once you have informed your landlord of the defect, the landlord must rectify this within a reasonable time.

Your landlord may not always be equally friendly when he needs time and money to repair damage, why you get a guide on how to get through a dialogue with the landlord who is not always likely to take. You can of course also contact DIGURA here and we can help you with the dialogue.

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Does your landlord refuse?

Unfortunately, it is often seen that the landlord tries to give the tenant the fault for the damage, even when the tenant has approached in a polite and friendly way. Several tenants do not know what to do afterwards and end up paying for the deficiency. However, this isn’t recommended. You can only rarely get the reimbursement of the money you have spent to correct the deficiency.

If the landlord thinks that the damage is due to your behavior and you do not agree with this, you must make this clear to the landlord. If you are thinking of paying for the improvement yourself, we recommend that you have been in contact with us first. The landlord is obliged to pay such taxes.

If the landlord doesn’t agree that the damage is not due to your behavior and, therefore, you can’t  find a solution to the problem through dialogue, you can in a good tone inform your landlord that you want the rental board to decide on the matter. Read more about the rent appeals further down.

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Does your landlord threaten to evict you?

Your landlord can’t just evict you without further notice. The Danish Rent Act protects you as a tenant against such cases. Similarly, your landlord can’t evict you for past situations where you may have broken the lease rules, for example, One month you paid the rent late.

We therefore recommend that you as a tenant in these situations ensure that you have complied with your lease, and then simply ignore the landlord’s threats. If, however, the landlord sends you a resignation without delay, the renting committee may again be helpful.

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The Rent Committee

The Rent Committee is an institution in Denmark, which has been granted jurisdiction to settle disputes between the tenant and the landlord. If you experience problems with your landlord, it is the ones who can help you. However, be aware that there are a number of formalities.

At DIGURA we can help you through the whole process so that you do not have the trouble with the dialogue with the landlord, and afterwards have to put yourself in complicated law to then file a case for the Rent Board.

Do you want a free assessment of your case?

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Afterwards DIGURA will assess your case and get back to you the same day.


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