Terms and means of allocation


The holiday houses are collectively owned by all members of Efling.

Rules and responsibilities:

  • The renter is responsible for the holiday house/apartment and keys will be delivered to her/him only. Rights can NOT be transferred to others.
  • The renter is fully responsible for any damage caused by the renter or her/his guests.
  • The renter must notify the supervisor immediately if anything in the house is wanting or if any damage occurs during the stay.
  • Pets are not allowed unless otherwise stated in the rental agreement.
  • Rules on how many people can stay overnight in a house must be respected.
  • The renter is responsible for cleaning and preserving the house’s condition and must familiarize themselves with the house rules. Houses must always be cleaned at the end of a stay.
  • The renter must respect the privacy of other dwellers in the surrounding area. All unnecessary traffic and noice after midnight is not allowed.
  • The renter must familiarize themselves with the information in the rental agreement.
  • During winter, the renter must check road conditions before heading out, since snow clearing on roads cannot be ensured every day.

You can see information for tenants of summer houses here.

You can see information on payment for renting a summer house here.

You can see information on cancellations and changes to the rental agreement here.

Points system and allotments

Allocation periods are two, for Easter and summer. The rental period over Easter is one week from Wednesday to Wednesday and the summer period is 13 weeks, only weekly rentals are possible, from one Friday to the next. The summer season begins in the turn of May and June. Information on application periods and allocations is presented at the beginning of the year on Efling’s website. Applications must be submitted during the advertised application periods.

Efling’s computer system for holiday houses manages all allotments and members earn rights in the form of points. In some cases, members’ age can also have an impact. A member’s points status is determined by contributions paid to the Union, but the system is designed to maintain equality and those on low wages also have a chance to be allotted holiday houses and apartments.

The system arranges all applications by points, so that those applicants with the most points are at the top of the line, and so on.
If two applicants have the same number of points, the applicants’ age determines who gets an allotment first. The system then reviews all the applications and looks at every allotment individually.

There is only one round of allotments for summer and another one for Easter, and they are for members with rights. The allocations is decided based on a points system.

First Come, First Served

After the Easter allotment has taken place, the booking site is opened to all members wich can book available houses. In case of the summer allotment, the booking site is opened in two steps, based on point system of members, who can then book the available houses at each time.
First, for 3 days for those with 100 points or more in the system.
For all members irrespective of their point status.

Collecting points

Until recently, 1 point was collected per month for approximately ¼ employment, and 2 points for anything above that. After a recent change in the rules, points are now calculated from the minimum wage insurance. 1 point is collected for anything under ¼ of the minimum wage insurance, 2 points for anything between ¼ and a full minimum wage insurance, and 3 points for anything above that.
Also, after the recent change in the rules, points will not expire after 12 years and will not cap at 288 points. Instead, members can collect points for as long as they pay contributions to the Union.

Points are deducted when renting for the summer, Easter and during the winter. Note that the points balance only serves to prioritize applicants during the allocation process. They do not serve as payment.

Members who are job seekers and pay Union contributions of the unemployment benefits maintains their rights to rent holiday houses. Also fund members after the end of employment because of age or disability, given that the person was a member of the fund at the end of employment and for at least five years leading up to it.


The winter rental period starts at the turn of August/September with direct bookings and no applications (except during Easter). During the winter, the rental period is more flexible and you can book both weekend and weekly rentals. The winter rental period is begun in two stages: In the middle of August, one can book all the way to Christmas and on the first weekday of November, one can book during the new year and up until the beginning of the summer period. One can book at My pages at 9.00am. Union members can contact the office via the telephone number 510-7500 or book at My pages.

Union members must have been members for at least 6 consecutive months and not younger than 20 years. The first rent must be booked through the office where the rules and rental terms of holiday houses are introduced. Any registered union member can make one booking in advance before the end of the year and one after the end of the year. One can log into the booking web using one’s electronic ID or use a password. : Those who do not have an electronic ID need to contact the office and receive instructions via e-mail orlof@efling.is