House rules

  • No alcohol is allowed to be consumed or stored in the house or garden. What beverages you choose to consume outside Collective Sunshine is up to you. If you would break this rule your deposit would be forfeit and you might be asked to move out without a notice period.
  • Why?

    Our house is located in a residential neighborhood with a kindergarten just across the street and an elementary school 200 meters down the street. In addition to not offending any neighbors we also want to create a safe space where consideration of others is a primary concern. Magnus also believes that alcohol causes a lot of harm in our world and he has thus chosen to ban its use in the house. Please be aware that this rule is a core foundation of the house and that there are no exceptions to it.
  • No animals are allowed in the house (including the cottage), not even for visiting.

    Why?

    We want to keep our house accessible also for people with allergies. Animals are allowed to visit in the garden though and we do have a fence around the property so that dogs etc. can run freely.
  • Don’t put up hooks, nails etc. on the walls in your room. Also be very careful with tape so that they don’t leave residuals when you have moved out. If you want to put something up on the walls please contact Magnus for approval first.

    Why?

    The reason for this rule is because many people only stay for a year or two the walls would  be full of holes/hooks and tape residuals otherwise.
  •  Live fire (candles etc.) is not allowed indoors. This includes scented candles and incenses; the smell is transported through the ventilation system to other parts of the house. We do have grills outside the house and you can make BBQ’s in them as long as they are placed at least 5 meters from the house wall and someone constantly watches them while they are lit.

    Why?

    Candles presents a huge fire risk, every year more than 24500 fires are reported to the insurance companies in Sweden and more than 100 people die in Sweden annually due to fires. We do have fire alarms, fire blankets by the stoves and fire extinguishers placed on each floor (and in both cottage rooms) but to further reduce risks, and out of compassion for your fellow housemates we ask you to not use fire inside and to never leave a fire unattended in the garden.
    Unfortunately we HAVE had fires starting in the house due to no supervision previously, so this rule is very strict nowadays!
  • Everyone pays an amount every month for common things which includes toilet-paper, cleaning products and some basic things in the kitchen. The amount is currently 50kr/month but can be either increased or lowered depending on the actual cost in the future. If you are here for less than 15 days in a month you pay half that amount for that month. If you stay for 3 days or less of a month you don’t need to pay for that month.

    Why?

    It makes sense to share things that everyone uses. The amount we pay is a majority vote decision and the same goes for regarding which products should be commonly bought.
  • Rent should arrive to Magnus bank account latest on the 27th the month before. If you pay the rent late you pay 50kr extra per day you are late (unless you have agreed otherwise with Magnus latest on the 25th).

    Why?

    The reason for this rule is because most of the house related bills (interest payments on loans, electricity bills etc.) come at the end of the month, and if you pay late Magnus needs to keep a big buffer for those.
  • A one month deposit is held which is paid back after debts to the house have been paid (common things, cleaning etc.) and your room is left in the same condition as it was when you moved it (no new holes etc.)

    Why?

    We try to keep the house in a nice state and we expect that you will help making sure it is.
  • Sharing your room is allowed, but then you need to pay 1000kr extra per month. The cottage rooms can not be shared. The same fee applies if someone is staying over with you for more than 14 days in a row.

    Why?

    The extra charge is to cover wear and tear and the additional utilities usage. The cottage rooms don’t have good enough ventilation and are considered too small for two people living long term (you are allowed to have guests staying over though). Anyone staying less than 14 days in a row is considered a guest and for that there is no charge!

Moving in/out rules

  • Magnus takes the final decision on who moves in, but feedback from current tenants is highly appreciated.
  • If you want to rent out your room second hand it needs to be for at least 30 days, and the new tenant needs to be approved by Magnus.
  • During the first 30 days you live in the house there is a mutual 30 day cancellation time of the lease.
  • After the first 30 days the lease goes over to an indefinite contract in which both parties have a 3 month cancellation time.
  • After the initial 30 day period moving out notifications are always counted from the 1st of the following month.
  • Notice of moving out should always be made in writing (Facebook messages are accepted).
  • On the moving out day the room should be emptied and cleaned by 1 pm so that the new tenant can move in during the afternoon.
  • If you want to move out with a shorter notice than 3 months you pay half a month’s rent per commenced month shorter. The desired moving out date needs to be communicated at the same time as you cancel your lease.

    Example:

    On the 10th of June you decide to move out. The cancellation time starts counting from the 1st of July which would mean your moving out date is the 1st of October. You would like to move out on the 5th of August which means that you pay 2 x ½ month rent (1 month rent) since you want to move out two months before the end date of the lease.

Common sense rules

  • Be respectful and considerate with your housemates, visitors and the neighbors. It is ESPECIALLY important that we are considerate to our neighbors and keep good relations with them! If someone is sleeping (both in the evenings and mornings) try to be a bit more quiet so as not to wake them up for example. And also, if someone makes some noise… try to be understanding that this sometimes can happen… communication is key and mutual respect!
  • Be careful with the house, furniture, kitchen equipment and other things in the house. Read the instructions about the kitchen (what you can’t put in the dishwasher etc.). There are some manuals in the bookshelf next to the stairs on the first floor where you can read up on how to use all important machines in the house.
  • Be conservative with heating, if you want to have your window open for more than a few minutes, please turn off your heating first. Only have your windows open in “ventilation” mode, otherwise cats, rats and other animals can get in (and on the top floor the windows are so heavy that the hinges “set” if you leave them open for longer times).
  • Make sure you ONLY use plastic and wooden cutlery in the frying pans. Most are with Teflon and metal will scratch them (and also release Teflon with is actually quite poisonous in food).
  • No sharp knives, Teflon or wooden cutlery in the dishwashers. These always need to be hand washed. Also larger cutting boards are good to hand wash since they “block” the dishwashers. Same thing goes for pots and pans, they take up too much space in the dishwashers so please hand wash.
  • Clean up after yourself in common areas and do the dishes directly after eating. Please also clean up after others if they didn’t do so… the next time perhaps you are in a hurry and would need the help of someone. If you see a dishwasher that is full, please start it, if it has clean dishes in it, please empty it. (Don’t overfill the machines and if both are running please do your dishes by hand so that someone else doesn’t have to clean up your mess.)
  • The cleaning system works so that you get paid 50 SEK for each 30 minutes you clean in the house, work in the garden, take out the recycling bins or otherwise work on things for the good of the house. You fill the schedule in by honor code. Everyone should help out at least one hour per month. If you haven’t done three hours over a rolling 3-month period you will get a warning. If you still haven’t done the 1 hour average after the 4th month you might be asked to move out.
  • Make sure the doors to the house always lock when you go in/out. This is also valid for the cottage rooms. In the summer other doors are sometimes open for ventilation purposes, if you don’t know for sure that someone else in the house is home and awake, close them when you leave. (We have unfortunately been the victims of theft before when the doors where not locked.)
  • There is a storage space next to the front door downstairs. There are six shelves, each room has 1/2 shelf. Please try to keep your things here that you can’t fit in your room. (There is also space for some skis/snowboards on the left side.)
  • You are allowed to have friends over both for dinner and to couchsurf with you. If possible host people in your room but using the movie room can also be an option. Try to give at last a few “open days” in between on the movie room though so that people feel free to use it as well. Anyone you bring over to the house is on your responsibility, and anything they damage or steal you are expected to replace or pay for. Also make sure your housemates are comfortable with the number of guests staying simultaneously; there will be extra usage of bathrooms etc.
  • Be extra careful to clean up the garden after a BBQ or dinner outdoors so that it looks nice from the street. We want to keep a good impression to our neighbors.
  • Make sure the garden chairs that have padding are under cover if there is a risk for rain and that the parasol is closed in case there is risk for wind (it flips over quite easily and could break).
  • Only use the laundry machines between 7-23 (the machines need to be finished by 11 pm) so that they don’t make noise at night for the people in the rooms next to the laundry room.
  • We have induction stoves which are very powerful. Try to always heat the pans up on “half strength” for a few minutes before you put on more heat. This prevents the coating of the pans to break and makes sure food doesn’t stick. This also goes for the stainless steel pans!
  • Don’t leave your large towel in the bathrooms (they have a tendency to start smelling after a while). There is one hook in each bathroom, but it is intended to use only while you are in there.

Handy information

      • There is a really nice lake about 3 km from the house called “Kyrksjön” where you can go swimming in the summer and ice-skating in the winter.
      • We have four food stores at walking distance from the house, Lidl, Coop, Willys and ICA.
      • To find out how to get to places with public transport go to www.sl.se
      • Our insurance company is Folksam and their number is 0771–960 960 in case something happens to the house. Our customer number is MCB-92269-0. You also need to have your own personal home insurance (including a liability insurance) in case YOU are the cause to an accident (such as burning down the house).
      • If we have a pesticide problem (such as ants or bedbugs) you should contact Anticimex on +46 75-245 10 00 and also tell Magnus about it please. Our house insurance covers the cost so tell them to search for our house in their database.
      • The address to our house is like this:
        YOUR NAME
        Sundbyvägen 75
        163 44 Spånga
        Sweden
      • If you need to contact the police you call 114 14 (to report something stolen etc.) If you have an emergency call 112.
      • When you move out you can do a “flyttanmälan” on www.adressandring.se (this costs a little bit of money… but makes sure we don’t have to send your mail to you afterwards for a long time…)
      • To contact IRS (Skatteverket) you call 0771-567 567 or go to www.skatteverket.se
      • To contact migration services you call 0771-235 235 or go to homepage www.migrationsverket.se
      • If you feel sick you can call “sjukvårdsupplysningen” on number 1177 and they will guide you to where you can find a doctor etc.
      • If you are moving away from Sweden please fill out this form (7665B) from Skatteverket