Housing for Immigrants and Refugees

Do you have a housing available to rent out? Then you should contact the municipality your property is located in. The municipalities assist immigrants and refugees to find suitable housing.

There are many in need of housing, most urgently immigrants and refugees that have just arrived in Iceland. The price of renting or purchasing a home is high in Iceland. Demand is high and it can be difficult to find housing.


If you are a person who has received international protection or refugee status in Iceland you will be offered temporary housing from the government for up to 8 weeks with no exceptions after you receive protected/refugee status. You are responsible for looking for a permanent housing solution yourself.


Here on our website, you will find helpful information about housing in Iceland. 

Please visit our section about housing here. There you find information about buying, renting, housing benefits and more.


The Housing Guide has a lot of practical information about many things related to housing.

This is how it works:


  1. You register the housing you have to offer using the electronic fill-in form further below.
  2. The Multicultural Information Centre passes the information about the housing you are offering on to refugees and to the  municipals.
  3. Either a municipal or a refugee(s) contacts you directly.
  4. You pick the one you want to rent out to and then you register the rental agreement (the municipal provides assistance).
  5. The refugee moves in. He´s the tenant and you are the landlord. Everything is just like in the case of every other house rental. The contract is between you and the tenant and same rules apply as usual.

Can you offer a place to rent?

Please fill in the appropriate application form you find here and submit.

Frequently asked questions

Indeed it´s best if there is a legal rental agreement in place. There are various reasons for that. But in certain circumstances, it´s not necessary to have an agreement in place. If you have any housing to offer, please fill in the form you can find on this page and send it to us via email.

Download rental agreement:






A rental agreement is an agreement which a tenant enters into with a landlord on the amount of rent and other issues. It is important to enter into a written rental agreement when renting a flat. You must make sure that you have a good understanding of the terms of the agreement, such as rules on insurance, notice of termination and other issues.


The purpose of publicly registering agreements is to guarantee and protect the rights of the parties to the agreements.


The main reason for this is that the refugees need to be able to register their legal domicile at the location in order to receive appropriate services in Iceland. Various social rights, related to health care, caring for and educating children, are linked to legal domicile. With proper registration from the beginning, we ensure that the refugees receive appropriate support from day one.


There are also certain conditions for housing to be registered as approved. Among other things, the housing must be built according to standards to ensure certain quality and safety.

In order for housing to be officially approved (samþykkt) it has to have been appropriately registered at Registers Iceland. To be approved for registration it needs to fulfill certain requirements, for example, a minimum ceiling height, there must be a laundry room, there are regulations regarding bathrooms etc.


More information about this will be provided by Registers Iceland.

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