Can a Landlord terminate my lease?

The short answer is no. The Danish rental law protects the tenants and makes sure, that it’s very difficult to terminate a lease. This is done to ensure that tenants aren’t getting forced to move due to Landlords wanting to sell the building or if a tenant wants the rent reduced in a rent controlled building.

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In what cases can a Landlord terminate a lease?

Your contract can be terminated if you are doing the following:


  • Not paying your rent
  • Using the apartment as an office instead of a home
  • Damaging the apartment
  • Threatening or causing harm to other residents in the building
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My lease is time limited. Is that legal?

Only in these cases are a Landlord allowed to time limited the lease:


  • Is traveling and returns after a period of time to live in their home.
  • Working in a different city/country for a period of time and returns to live in the home after the contract has ended.
  • The Landlord is not able to sell the home without a loss (very unlikely right now)
  • Illness has forced the Landlord to move


The reason for the time-limit has to be written in the lease and is almost always not valid. Why is yours time-limited?

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What if the Landlord wants to sell the home?

A Landlord is allowed to sell the home, but it has to be with you as a tenant. This almost never happens as it reduces the sales price significantly.

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The one exception

If a Landlord wants to terminate your lease there is one option. They have to sell their primary residence with the intent to move back into the home you’re renting. In that case, they have to give you one year’s notice and prove that they are actually selling their home.

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