Deposit rent

You may deposit rent if you, for example, believe that you are entitled to a reduced rent due to shortcomings or damages in the apartment or property you rent. Apply for a deposit of rent with the County Administrative Board.

If you rent an apartment or property you may, in some cases, deposit the entire rent, or a part of the rent, with the County Administrative Board. You decide how much to deposit. When you make a deposit we accept and store money that you are supposed to pay to the landlord.

What is required for a rent deposit?

As a tenant you have the opportunity to deposit rent if you believe that you:

  • are entitled to a deduction of rent due to problems or damages in the apartment or property that are not caused by you. For example, if the landlord fails with the maintenance of the property,
  • are entitled to damages under the Rental Act,
  • are entitled to a compensation for having paid for corrections or repairs at your own expense,
  • have a financial counterclaim on the landlord, regardless of the nature of the counterclaim, or
  • are disagreeing with the landlord on the rental amount and the amount is not specified in the rental agreement.

The advantage of making a rental deposit with the County Administrative Board, compared to just refraining from paying your rent, is that the landlord cannot evict you for not having paid the rent. However, your rental agreement may be terminated if you deposit a too large amount of the rent, for example, if you deposit a full month’s rent for a three bedroom apartment although only one room cannot be used. The landlord also have the right to evict you if you make the deposit after the rent’s due date.

How do I make a rent deposit?

A rent deposit application consists of three parts. You send the application to the County Administrative Board, you pay the amount you want to deposit and, finally, you pay a security. We cannot process the deposit application if one of these parts is missing.

  • Apply for a rent deposit

För att deponera hyra fyller du i en ansökan och skickar den till Länsstyrelsen.

  • Pay the amount you want to deposit

Pay the amount you want to deposit to the County Administrative Board. You decide how much to deposit.

At the first payment – please provide your corporate number, or social security number, and your name in the payment notification box (for example, “012345-6789, Company Ltd., Your Name”).

If you wish to continue to deposit the rent – please provide expiration date, the case number that was given to you at the first deposit and the amount of the security deposit in the payment notification box (for example, “October 1st, 208-2010-300, security deposit 10 000).

  • Pay a security to deposit

To be able to deposit money with the County Administrative Board, you as a tenant have to pay a security in the form of a pledge or guarantee. The security must cover any litigation costs as well as interest on overdue payment if, according to the court, the landlord is entitled to the deposited amount.

The County Administrative Board requests a security equivalent to the following amount:

Amount

Deposited amount

Security

0 – 23 250 SEK (1/2 base amount)

2 000 SEK

23 251 – 50 000 SEK

10 000 SEK

50 001 – 100 000 SEK

20 000 SEK

100 001 – 250 000 SEK

30 000 SEK

250 001 SEK –

an additional 10 000 SEK for each commenced amount of 250 000 SEK

 

If we decide to accept your rent deposit, we will notify the landlord that you decided to deposit the entire rent, or parts of the rent, with us.

Reimbursement

You are entitled to a reimbursement of the deposited amount if you and the landlord agree.

The reimbursement application must be in the original and it must be signed by the person who wants the money.

Contact

County Administrative Board of Skåne