Information about the HTU
The objective of the Rent Disputes Tribunal (HTU) is to provide the parties to a tenancy with quick, reasonable, expert processing of rental disputes. The HTU acts as a court and can both engage in mediation and make decisions.
The Rent Disputes Tribunal is a state-run institution which falls under the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernization (KMD). This Ministry places demands on the Tribunal in annual allocation letters.
You can read about the allocation letters which the KMD sends to the HTU here.
The Rent Disputes Tribunal's area of jurisdiction covers Oslo; Trøndelag; the following municipalities in Viken: Asker, Aurskog-Høland, Bærum, Eidsvoll, Enebakk, Frogn, Gjerdrum, Hurdal, Lillestrøm, Lørenskog, Nannestad, Nes, Nesodden, Nittedal, Nordre Follo, Rælingen, Ullensaker, Vestby og Ås; and the following municipalities in Vestland: Alver, Austrheim, Askøy, Austevoll, Bergen, Bjørnafjorden, Bømlo, Eidfjord, Etne, Fedje, Fitjar, Kvam, Kvinnherad, Masfjorden, Modalen, Osterøy, Samnanger, Stord, Sveio, Tysnes, Ullensvang, Ulvik, Vaksdal, Voss og Øygarden, pursuant to Section 12-5 of the Norwegian Tenancy Act no. 17 (husll.) of 26 March 1999. In these areas the HTU can process cases irrespective of whether the landlords and tenants are companies or private individuals or not. Several responsible parties on both sides may be involved in one and the same case.
Rental cases located elsewhere in Norway are heard by the Court of Conciliation. Please click here for a list of Norway's other counties.
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 Rent Disputes Tribunal's factual area of jurisdiction applies to rented dwellings. The rented dwelling in question must be located within our geographical field of operations.
For example, cases may relate to:
- Overdue rent
- Liability for damage and defects
- Any defects in the dwelling
- The amount of rent paid
- Other rights and obligations of the parties involved
These cases are decided in accordance with current legislation.
All our case managers are jurists who possess specialist expertise on rent legislation.
The Regulations relating to the Rent Disputes Tribunal of 21 June no. 765 (the HTU Regulations) contain provisions relating to the HTU's administrative procedures.