Regulation bill – What is the rules in Denmark?

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It may be uncomfortable to receive a large bill for your consumption, or sometimes a long time after you have vacated your previous apartment. But what deadlines should really be respected? Read more about this here.

Regulation bill

A regulation bill is a charge as a consequence of the fact that you as a tenant have either paid less in a conto deposit than what corresponds to your actual consumption or what landlord assumed you will consume didn’t correspond with the actual consumption. The a-conto bill, you may receive while you still live in the apartment, while the other one is balanced when you vacate.

Balancing consumption

Formalities
As a tenant you are required to receive a balancing of your consumption once a year. This must therefore be in writing, and it must be stated what the cost of consumption were just for your residence. In addition, you must be informed in this letter that you have the right to object in writing within 6 weeks. All formalities must be followed. Any deviation results in the whole balancing being invalid.

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Settlement
If you receive a regulation bill, the landlord can request this paid at the earliest 1 month after you received the letter. If the settlement is equivalent more than 3 months of rent, you are allowed to pay this off throughout 3 months.

Please be aware that if you as a tenant do not pay a settlement on time, it may have consequences. First  the landlord will give you a written reminder. If ignored, in the worst case scenario, your lease may be terminated.

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No regulation bill

The landlord may lose the right to invoke a regulation bill if the certain deadlines are not followed.

The financial year for the consumption regulation is generally d. 1 / 6-30 / 5. In your lease, you may have agreed otherwise, which is why you should check this if you want to be sure of the deadlines that apply to you. The landlord must, as a rule, have forwarded the regulation bill within 4 months after the end of the financial year. Special rules apply for delivery from a collectively supply systems. 

The landlord must in this case submit the bill to the tenant within 3 months after the landlord has received the bill (this if the bill was received by the landlord after the 4 month stated above).

The rules on these deadlines are indispensable and cannot therefore be waived by agreement.

If you have not received the accounts within these deadlines, you are not required to pay this bill. The landlord thus loses his right to charge payment.

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Vacating

In the case of move out, the tenant must deliver the apartment in the same condition as it was upon move in (with the exception of normal wear and tear). If you do not deliver the residence in the right condition, the landlord uses the money you have deposited to pay for fixing the damage. If the cost exceeds the amount you have deposited, the landlord may charge you for the extra cost.

Move in report
The move in report is important in relation to your move out. It states what condition the residence was in upon your move in. And it is in this condition you must leave the residence in, when you move out.

Vacating report
A professional landlord who leases more than one apartment is required to do a move out inspection within 2 weeks after the landlord has become aware that the tenant has been vacated. The landlord must call you for an inspection with 1 week notice. If the inspection has not taken place within the above 2 weeks, the landlord loses the right to demand payment any damages.

A landlord who only leases one apartment has a period of 2 weeks to notify the tenant about what needs to be repaired and what the price for this is. The deadline starts from the time the tenant hands in the keys. If the landlord does not report this within 2 weeks, the landlord cannot demand payment for defects in the lease.

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After vacating

Once you have moved from your residence, there may still be thing to take care of with your landlord. This may be, for example, if you have received a regulation bill. And here the landlord has some deadlines that he must adhere to.

The content of the bill
When balancing the cost of repair, it is a requirement, that the damage and repair is described. This makes it clear from the bill how much money has been spent on what. If a door is painted and renovated, it must be indicate how much money is used to paint and how much money is used to renovate / replace the door. The landlord must not only write that it has been refurbished but for how xx number of kr.

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Deadlines
It is not defined when, as a tenant, you must receive the balancing on the landlord’s repairs. However, according to case law, you must receive this within 4-6 weeks. It is the landlord’s responsibility to collect bills from any handymen on time.

If you feel that your landlord does not comply with any of the above rules or deadlines, you can always contact DIGURA.

Get legal advice and avoid being deceived

This topic can be very complicated as a tenant. The above is to be seen as a general guidance and not as downright legal advice. We always recommend that you contact us to ensure that you get the proper necessary legal advice that is relevant for your specific case.

You can get help with this topic but also any other matters you may have. Unfortunately, we see many tenants that are being deceived. Often, they miss out on a lot of money – anything from a couple thousands to 30-40,000 kroner. Imagine what else you could spend the money on.

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