The Rent Disputes Tribunal
The Rent Disputes Tribunal (HTU) resolves disputes between landlords and the tenants which are regulated by the Norwegian tenancy acts. The HTU has a geographical scope limited Oslo, Trøndelag, parts of Viken and parts of Vestland. Claims from consumer tenants against landlords who engage in renting out property as a business, can be taken under review by the HTU regardless of geographical location within Norway.
The Rent Disputes Tribunal (HTU) is the first port of call for disputes relating to rented dwellings located within the geographical scope of the HTU. For disputes concerning dwellings located elsewhere, 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.