Bank accounts - renting accommodation

Hi, I currently work in a role that means I travel extensively. Whilst it is great it can be tiring and wanting to get more of a worklife balance.  One of the ways of doing this is living one week a month in Belgrade.  Whist as a British citizen there are easier places for me to live in terms of sorting things out I really like Belgrade as a city.  I recognise that as an EU citizen I can stay up to 90 days in the country however I wanted to ask a couple of questions that I am not sure about

- To rent or buy accommodation do you need to have a temporary residence permit?

- To open a bank account do you need also to have a temporary residence permit? (I noted from early conversations from banks it is not easy to open for foreign nationals)

Any insight you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Hello, I see that you did not receive any response and most likely by now, you have your answers. However it is good to know that you can open a bank account in Serbia without residency. Joint accounts are not known in Serbia. In the case of a couple, one is the main account owner with the other having access. This is annoying if you do online banking because only the main account owner has online access.

It is not necessary to have residency standing to rent a home. You must know however that the owner, not the tenant, is responsible for all utility bills. As such, there may be reluctance to rent out a house. Apartment rentals seem much more common. Also, it seems that for the most part, the tenant is responsible for repairs to the home. It is best to have a contract which stipulates all details.

I hope this post is helpful.

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