Everyone needs a roof over the head. They way people live varies a lot. Some rent a place, others can buy their own flat or house. There are many things to keep in mind when comes to housing, how to find a place to live, housing benefits, legal domicile, where to get services like phone and internet, electricity and other things.
In this section you will find practical information regarding housing and related issues.
Everyone staying or intending to stay in Iceland for six months or more must according to law, have their legal domicile in Iceland.
Entitlement to public services and assistance is generally dependent on having a registered legal domicile. It is therefore recommended to register your legal domicile as soon as possible if you intend to stay in Iceland.
All residential housing must have hot and cold water and electricity. Housing in Iceland is heated by hot water or electricity.
When moving into a new flat or house, it is important to have the energy meters read so that only what is used is paid for. Municipal offices can provide information on companies that sell and provide electricity and hot water in the municipality.
Several telephone companies operate in Iceland, offering different prices and services for telephone and internet connection. It is best to go directly to the telephone companies to get information on the services and prices they have to offer.
Occupants of rental accommodation may be entitled to housing benefits, irrespective of whether they are renting social housing or on the private market. Housing benefit entitlement is income linked. If you have legal domicile in Iceland, you can apply for housing benefits.
Foreign nationals who are legally domiciled in Iceland may own residential property in Iceland. They can apply for a loan from the Housing Financing Fund to buy residential property on the same terms as Icelandic nationals.
If a foreign national wishes to continue to own property in Iceland after leaving the country, they must apply for permission to do so. Foreign nationals who are not legally domiciled in Iceland may apply for permission to buy residential property from the Ministry of justice.