The Rent Disputes Tribunal
The Rent Disputes Tribunal resolves disputes between landlords and the tenants in respect of dwellings in Oslo, Akershus, Hordaland and Sør & Nord Trøndelag, pursuant to Section 12-5 of the Norwegian Tenancy Act no. 17 (husll.) of 26 March 1999. The HTU can also hear claims throughout Norway from consumer tenants against landlords who engage in renting out property as a business.
The Rent Disputes Tribunal (HTU) is the first port of call for disputes relating to rented dwellings in Oslo, Akershus, Hordaland, Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag. In other counties the Court of Conciliation is the first port of call. In addition anyone in Norway who rents a dwelling as a consumer (i.e. they are not engaged in business) can submit a claim to the Rent Disputes Tribunal if the landlord in question is engaged in renting out property as a business (i.e. not as a private individual).
The HTU Regulations stipulate that for each case the Rent Disputes Tribunal (HTU) shall generally be composed of a neutral/unbiased Case Manager and two Tribunal members. Sometimes we receive questions about who the members of the Tribunal are. Here are some answers.