Monday, 23 January 2017

Deposit anxiety? How to protect yourself

The Housing Foundation has a history of cheating tenants out of their deposits. 
Here’s how you can stop it from happening to you.

  1. Take detailed photos when you move in and send them to the Housing Foundation
  2. Do the same when you move out
  3. Know that you can lodge a case in the housing court if your deposit is kept unfairly
As the semester ends it’s time for most of the Housing Foundation’s 1500+ tenants to pack up and move out. Meanwhile, the Housing Foundation is holding 12 million kroner of students’ money in the form of deposits. Reading the news articles and the Foundation’s own web site (try searching it for ‘deposit consequences’), we can only wonder how much of that sum will be returned. According to the Housing Foundation:
The deposit will be used to cover any repairs due to damage caused by you (in your room or in the common areas), replacement of keys/locks, post-departure cleaning or other things that might have to be fixed at your expense. In other words: if the room is left in an unsatisfactory condition at the end of the semester, the deposit (or part of it) will not be returned to you![1]
What ‘unsatisfactory’ means is anyone’s guess, but one thing is certain: any decision by the Housing Foundation to keep your deposit is not final. If you think the Housing Foundation has unfairly kept your deposit, you can lodge a case against them in the housing court. Find out how to do it here.

To support your claim you'll need evidence though, so take photos when you move in and when you leave. Send your moving-in photos to the Housing Foundation using the method they describe or just email them. If you want to be extra careful, place the front page of a recent newspaper in your moving-out photos so you can prove that they are not old.

Do you have a story about the Housing Foundation unfairly keeping your deposit? Let us know here.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Help us to help you

To ensure we provide you with the best possible information and advice, we're joining the Danish tenants' union (LLO). Please help us raise money to pay the membership fee.

For DKK 4800 per year, the UCPH Residents Association can become a member of the LLO and provide accurate information and advice to all current and former Housing Foundation tenants. That's less than 2 kr for each of the 2500 people who will lease from the Housing Foundation this year alone. Please consider donating and sharing our appeal with your family and friends on Facebook.

To see why this is important, please read the articles linked here. We have to protect ourselves if we don't want to see history repeat!

Here's how this will benefit tenants:

  • We can consult with the LLO and their lawyers to provide you with information about your rights
  • We can provide you with information on how to lodge a claim in the Housing Court
  • If your case is unique or requires extra attention you can personally join the LLO at a significant discount (500 kr per half-year gets you the all-inclusive membership with assessment of your case by a lawyer and management of your case by the LLO)

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Claim back unfair rent

The UCPH Housing Foundation is probably screwing you and it’s not too late to do something about it

We’ve already seen what an incompetent and probably illegal operation the Housing Foundation is running and it’s not too late for you to claim back unfair rent and utilities charges. Members of this group are taking legal action against the Housing Foundation and they want to help everybody to do the same. But we need your help.

Time is running out for us to get in touch with the 1500 students the Housing Foundation has probably overcharged in this semester alone. Please, share this post wherever you can. Post it to your kollegium’s Facebook group, send it to your friends who live in Housing Foundation accommodation or just click ‘Like’. Our goal is to help everybody know their rights and claim their money back.

If this all sounds like too much trouble, don’t worry. In Copenhagen, the process to claim unfair rent and utilities charges is all done electronically.

Maybe your contract has already finished? Maybe you’ve already left Denmark? It doesn’t make any difference.

Please share now to spread the word.
(Change 'share on timeline' to 'share in group' to post on your kollegium's page)

To find out the next steps, follow @ucphresidents on Facebook and register for our mailing list.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Who we are

We are an informal group of current and former residents of the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (KĂžbenhavns Universitets Boligfond). We exist to promote the fair treatment of Housing Foundation residents in accordance with Danish laws.

Our objectives are:

  • To establish a formal association for all residents of the Housing Foundation
  • To help residents be informed of their legal rights
  • To bring to light cases of unfair treatment by the Housing Foundation 

To stay up to date, follow us on Facebook and register for our email list.