Accommodation

Living in Europe | Accommodation | Faroe Islands

Finding suitable accommodation in the Faroe Islands can be difficult. It is advisable to start searching for housing as soon as plans for a research stay have become definite.

 

Rented flats

 

The Faroese rental market is quite limited. Apartments for rent are normally part of a family’s home set aside for a tenant.

Houses and apartments for rent can be found on web portals. The most popular portals for houses and apartments for rent are torg.fo and Føroyar - hús og íbúðir til leigu.

Some landlords prefer to respond to inquires published by potential tenants. Therefore, it may be a good idea to publish an inquiry specifying your particular needs on a relevant web portal.

The rent for houses and apartments depends on location, size and standard. Electricity and heating is normally paid separately but can also be included in the rent.

Normally the landlord will claim a deposit in advance to the amount of up to three months’ rent which is returned to the tenant when moving out if the apartment or house is in the same condition as when the tenancy started.

The Faroese Tenancy Act provides that a standard contract specifying the rent and conditions for the tenancy must be filled in and signed by the landlord and the tenant. The notice period to vacate a rented flat is 3 months if the apartment is part of the landlord’s home and 5 months if the landlord does not live in the same house.

Read more:

The Faroese Property Rental Board

 

 

Buying property

 

Buying and selling property is mostly handled by real estate agents and lawyers. The two main real estate agents operating in the Faroe Islands are Skyn (in Faroese) and Betri Heim (in Faroese).

The Faroese banks provide financing for houses and apartments. 35 per cent of the interest paid on mortgage loans for houses inhabited by the owner is refunded by the government.

An average house in Tórshavn costs around DKK 3,200,000. Houses outside Tórshavn are considerably less expensive.

 

 

 

Short term accommodation

 

A variety of hotels, guesthouses and rented flats and houses are available for short-term accommodation:

Visit Faroe Islands

Visit Tórshavn

Airbnb