This article concerns long-term rental through Blocket Bostad. If you want to rent a vacation home, you can read more here.
80% of home seekers have at some point experienced the sublet market as unsafe, and 11% have been scammed on a deposit or advance payments. That's something we want to change! We want to contribute to both parties' safety and help create a better and safer market.
Our goal is that you, as a tenant, should always feel safe when you rent an apartment. We hope to provide you that safety with our service through which we handle all payments and keep your deposit on a separate account during the whole rental period. Perhaps most importantly, we are here to answer your questions and provide support during your entire rental.
In addition, all homes are insured when you sign your lease through us. The insurance covers the cost of damages and wear and tear that typically are not covered by your home insurance so that you can feel safe even if an accident happens.
How much is your service fee?
Renting a home can be overwhelming as there are many things to keep in mind. Hence, we want to be clear and transparent about what you pay when signing a contract through Blocket Bostad; thus, we separate the fee and the rent. The service fee is a cost to ensure a safe rental experience protected from scammers with access to support seven days a week, a completely digital rental contract, and secure handling of all payments. The fee is 4.95% of the monthly rent, which you will see in every individual listing.
If you rent an apartment for 10 000 SEK per month, the service fee would be 495 SEK per month. The fee will be added to the rent, and you will receive an invoice for the overall cost. I.e., there are no hidden costs; you can see what you would be paying exactly, even before you contact the landlord.
What is included if the landlord and I use Blocket Bostad to sign the contract?
If you sign the contract through Blocket Bostad, extra safety is always included for you as a tenant. You can feel safe knowing you will not be scammed as we handle all payments. We will not pay the rent to the landlord until after you have moved in and made sure everything is in order. We help you create a really good contract that protects both of you, which you sign with BankID or with a photo ID. If any questions or concerns arise during the rental, our support is always available to help and support you all days of the week. This means that you will be able to sleep extra well every night when you rent through Blocket Bostad.
Is it true that I minimize the risk of getting scammed if I sign the lease through Blocket Bostad?
Yes, that is correct! That is the reason we have created this service. 1 out of 10 home seekers has been scammed on a deposit or advance payments. Since Blocket Bostad handles all payments, you can not get scammed. All you need to do is sign the lease through Blocket Bostad to use our service, and we will make sure you feel safe and can enjoy your new home instead of having to worry.
Will you make a credit check?
We always make a credit check, a so-called UC “micro check” when you sign a contract. A “micro check” will not affect your credit score. The check requires a Swedish social security number.
I have found a home for rent elsewhere, can we still use Blocket Bostad?
Of course! Since the landlord creates the contract, you need to ask the landlord to contact us, and we will help you set up a contract. It is also possible to create an account and fix the contract yourself; it is easy! You can read more about how it works here.
How common is it that people get scammed on the sublet market?
According to a survey conducted by Boverket little more than 1 out of 10 has been scammed on an advanced payment or deposit, and as much as 1 in 4 has gotten in contact with a scammer. We believe that is awful. No home seeker should need to feel unsafe. That is why we have created a service through which you can not be scammed, where we handle all payments and keep your deposit.
What is rental insurance?
The landlords' inventory, furnishing, and fixtures are usually not covered by home insurance when they sublet. The rental insurance is applied to every rental when you sign your lease through us. For example, a stain of red wine on the sofa, ugly marks on the kitchen top, or scratches on the floor. The insurance covers damages up to 1 million SEK, and you as a tenant pay the deductible of 1 000 SEK.