Moving to Prague?
Finding Accommodation in Prague
Those who are unfamiliar with the city and language generally prefer to use an established real estate agency to help them find a suitable new home. There are various agencies in Prague with multilingual staff which receive expatriate customers on a regular basis.
The quality of service provided by Prague’s real estate agencies, however, can differ significantly. Consult fellow expats before choosing an agency and compare experiences to make to process of finding a home as smooth as possible.
Finding Your New Home Online
Searching for the right place to live without the help of an agency is also possible. For offers in English, you might want to check Prague TV Real Estate. Czech language websites usually have the most offers — and some of them even provide English versions. The following sites may come in handy:
A valuable resource, not only for your apartment search but for all areas of expat life in Prague, is the English-language newspaper The Prague Post. Articles cover local, national, and international news from across Central Europe as well as cultural stories of note from around Prague both as reviews and event listings.
Types of Accommodation
Prague has a wide selection of both apartments and homes for rent. In the city center as well as in other central areas such as Prague 2 and Prague 5, apartments are most common. In the suburbs, as well as the family-friendly districts described above, most expats live in single-family houses.
Apartments are available to rent both furnished and unfurnished, for short-term stays or long-term periods. Single-family houses, on the other hand, are usually not rented out for less than two years.
The quality of available housing can differ tremendously. Generally, the rental market in Prague is divided between low priced, non-Western style homes mainly aimed at Czech nationals, and more expensive, high-standard accommodation for the expat community.
As a result, rents vary widely, depending on their quality and location. For a standard one-bedroom apartment you can expect to pay around 12,000 CZK to 20,000 CZK a month. Homes in expat areas are much more expensive, with rents of up to 20,000 CZK to 50,000 CZK, depending on the district.
Utilities may or may not be included in the rental price. Make sure to check this prior to signing any agreement as utilities can add a significant amount to your monthly expenses: for apartments in the price range mentioned above, utilities usually cost between 3,000 CZK and 5,000 CZK. You also have to factor in the time needed to register and deal with all the utility companies yourself. Some apartments also have additional service charges.
The Ministry for Regional Development published a brochure in 2009, in English, on housing in the Czech Republic for foreign nationals which contains useful information on rental contracts, registering for gas and electricity, etc.
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