There is a reasonable chance that your landlord has conducted a move-in inspection and made a move-in report. You must now make a list of defects that weren’t included in the move-in report. This will determine how much of your deposit you will get back when you move out.
What is a list of defects?
All tenants in Denmark have the right to compile a list of defects during their tenancy. The list is a kind of supplement to the move-in report. The list must be handed to your landlord no later than 14 days after you moved into the tenancy. You must note all defects and shortcomings in the tenancy so that you will not be liable for them when you move out.
When you are making the list, remember...
- The list must be handed to your landlord no later than 14 days after you moved in
- Remember to get confirmation that your landlord did receive the list.
- If you do not make the list, the consequence is that you can’t document that the defects weren’t made by you.
- You have the right to make the list. Your landlord cannot deprive you of that right
- It is better to write write too much than too little. Go through every room careful.
- It is an advantage to be able to document the defects with pictures
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Every month, we help thousands of tenants both via our membership solution and our case processing. When we process the cases, we achieve a positive result for the tenants in 98% of the cases. We are here to help you who are potentially being deceived by your landlord, and you who actually want to keep the money you are entitled to.
What is the difference between the moving in report and the list of defects?
The moving in report is completed by your landlord, and the list of defects is completed by you. The moving in report is usually not very detailed. As a result, it is a wise idea to make the list of defects so that it can be included in the moving-in report.
In addition, the move-in report is made before you live in the tenancy. The list of defects is to make sure you have the possibility to notify the landlord of defects that only can be found after actually living in the tenancy.
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What does the Rent Act say about list of mistakes?
The list of mistakes does actually feature in the Rent Act. Your landlord can’t deviate from this right – even if it’s stated in your lease.
The Rent Act § 14 says:
If the tenancy is insufficient at the beginning of the tenancy, the tenant must notify the landlord that he will claim it in order not to lose the right to claim the defect no later than 2 weeks after the beginning of the tenancy. However, this does not apply if the defect cannot be acknowledged by the usual diligence, or the landlord has acted fraudulently.
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