Accommodation in Czech Republic

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Expats moving to the Czech Republic will be pleased to know there are few restrictions on foreigners when it comes to buying and renting property. With a variety of homes to suit all needs and tastes, expats will be spoilt for choice.
 

Types of accommodation in Czech Republic

 
Accommodation in the Czech Republic
Single expats or young expat couples usually opt to rent accommodation in the Czech Republic rather than buy. There is a wide variety of rental options for expats to choose from, and apartments and houses alike can be found in a variety of styles from contemporary to baroque and beyond. There are also communist-era apartment buildings available, but these are best avoided as many are in a state of disrepair as a result poor maintenance and being built from inferior materials.

There is furnished, semi-furnished and unfurnished accommodation for in the Czech Republic, with a variety of properties available in Prague especially. Many single expats choose to rent rooms in shared flats or houses, although couples, families or groups of friends may prefer to rent bigger apartments or houses for themselves. 
 

Finding accommodation in Cazech Republic

 
Accommodation can be found in newspapers, online, or through an agent, and should ideally be secured in person and in advance. If this is not possible to travel to the country before moving there to secure an apartment, the next best option is to initially stay in short-term accommodation while looking for something suitable for the long term.
 
It can be useful to Google search terms in the Czech language, such as byty (apartments) and ornemovitosti (property) to find sites aimed at the local market. Google Translate can be used to navigate these sites but expats should be aware that automated translations can be sketchy, so it's best to get a local to translate if possible. The extra effort involved in searching this way can pay off well as it's not uncommon for the very same property to be listed on English-language expat property websites as well as local websites with two different prices.
 

Renting property in Czech Republic


Expats will need to provide proof of income, copies of their visa or passport and in some cases references from previous landlords to secure a place to live.

A deposit of the equivalent of one or two months’ rent is usually required. By law, this deposit should be returned to the tenant in full within one month of vacating the property. This is provided that it is left in a good condition; if anything is damaged or broken, costs for repair or replacement may be deducted. To avoid being accused of causing damage that was already there on moving in, expats should take date-stamped pictures of any areas of concern at or before the start of the lease.

Lessees who find an apartment through an agent will also pay a commission fee – usually one months' rent – once they have found an apartment. Utilities are usually not included in the rental price and are to be paid by the tenant.
 
There are usually two versions of the lease: one in Czech and the other an English translation. However, in any legal matter the lease in Czech will be prioritised, so expats should have a Czech-speaking friend or preferably a professional translator look over the two contracts to make sure they match up.

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