How it works:
- Version 1a (the non-existent apartment): this is where the person you are dealing with disappears after you transfer a deposit. Often times this happen when you fall for an advert/offer that is too good to be true.
- Version 1b (the non-existent apartment): this is where the apartment exists and the person you deal with has access and actually brings you around the apartment. However, he disappears as well after receiving a deposit. This could be because he managed to rent the apartment for a short period and so has access to it.
- Version 2 (not returning your deposit): the landlord withholds your deposit at the end of your stay claiming that it is needed to make certain repairs.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Red flags: cheap prices, copy-pasted description, dodgy sounding reviews, difference in photos and Google Street View pictures, payment off platform (bank transfer, Western Union, MoneyGram – these are irreversible), overseas owner, details not forthcoming.
- Due diligence: search online reviews and if apartment has listings across other platforms, check if they are consistent. Grill the owner by asking specific details or made-up details to test if he can call your bluff. Test him by requesting a visit by a local friend. Also, you can check the ownership all homes in Denmark with this site: https://boligejer.dk/
- Do not: pay in full upfront or to do a bank transfer to an account out of Denmark.
- Signed rental lease agreement: get one first and check that the owner’s name and address on the agreement matches before making any payment. Look out for terms that may subject you to making unreasonable repairs and refurbishments. Also, make a moving in report as you inspect the apartment.