If you are wondering how and where to settle in Romania as an expatriate, here are some information and tips on its rental market.
Finding accommodation is usually a crucial issue when it comes to expatriation. So if you intend to relocate in Romania, you are probably wondering how to proceed. You should know, first of all, that the country provides a range of furnished and unfurnished accommodation options for all tastes and budgets. Therefore, you should not have much trouble in finding something that suits you. You just have to determine in which city and neighborhood you would prefer to settle and inquire about formalities related to lease.
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In the case of housing rental, monthly rates are often subject to changes, but these remain rather affordable.
In most cases, lease conditions are clearly indicated on the lease contract which has to be signed both by you and the owner before a public notary. In general, rent is paid in cash on the specified date. As regards charges such as water, electricity and gas bills, these will be your responsibility and have to be settled regularly.
The quality of a housing unit is determined by several factors, namely cleanliness, electrical, plumbing and heating installations, etc. Real estate agencies generally inform and advise their clients regarding these factors during their accommodation search.
Rent prices generally vary according to the accommodation's location and accessibility, its state, as well as its surface area and any common spaces when it is found in a building. Thus, you can rent a studio for some 150 to 200 euros per month, a single bedroom apartment for some 200 to 300 euros and a two-bedroom apartment for some 350 to 500 euros.
Of course, rent prices vary according to the above mentioned factors. Therefore, these can be higher when the housing unit is furnished, for instance.
The best way of finding accommodation in Romania is to register with a real estate agency. In fact, these can advise and guide you during your housing search and assist you during related procedures. However, you are required to pay agency fees which are often equal to a month's half or full rent.
Otherwise, you can browse housing offers on the Internet, especially if you already have an idea of what type of accommodation you would prefer. Finally, classified ads in local newspapers and magazines can help if you are already on the spot. You can thus skip the agency fees part, which will allow you make considerable savings.
Feel free to seek advice and information on expatriate forums as well, before proceeding.