So you've decided to rent. What's next?
When getting in touch with an owner of a house or an apartment, it is important to explain in the first instance, why you are looking to rent. This helps owners sift out serious enquiries from insincere ones and increases your chance of getting a response.
We would recommend something along the lines of (replace the parts in italics to suit your situation):
“Hi. My name is John and I’ve recently been offered a job at Perfect Company AS in Arendal. I plan to arrive in Arendal in March, with my wife and three children from Germany, and I’m looking to rent a …”
Our simple rental checklist on this page can help you check off what you may want or need.
It is also important that you get answers to any questions that you may have from the landlord before signing a tenancy agreement to avoid any unnecessary disappointments later.
Let’s also not forget that as a tenant, you have obligations and rights.
The Tenancy Act stipulates what rights that you as a tenant is entitled to.
Some note-worthy stipulations:
Renting a house or an apartment in Norway?
A checklist can help with your wants and needs.