A few tips to get oriented in the housing private market:
- Costs: rents vary according to the area, the size of the flat and so on, but you can expect to pay, on average, about 250.00/350.00 Euros per month per person for a single room and about 200.00/280.00 Euros per month per person for a double room. Sometimes all the expenses (heating, electricity, water, gas and cleaning) are included in the rent, but in some cases the rent is lower, but then you have to add the cost of all the bills.
- Where to find notices: many notices about flats and rooms to let can be found on the boards along the corridors in the main University buildings. If you contact private agencies please note that their commissions are usually equivalent to 2 months' rent.
- When to look for an apartment: September is the best period to look for a private flat and there is a good chance of finding one in a couple of weeks. In January/February (second term), it can be a little harder.
- Legal aspects: make sure you discuss carefully the conditions of tenancy with the landlord. By law, a landlord must provide a tenant with written information confirming the date of the commencement of the tenancy, the amount of the rent and when it is payable, and, if it is a fixed-term contract, how long it lasts. You should read through any written agreement very carefully and be sure that you have understood all the terms. The minimum renting period is six months, but often landlords require longer fixed-term periods, usually from ten to twelve months. Be aware that the typical rent agreement involves:
- a deposit, usually the equivalent of two/three months' rent (the deposit is refundable at the end of the Rental Agreement, subject to deductions for any damage or outstanding debts)
one month's rent in advance.