Accommodation in Hungary
Finding a new home can be one of the most stressful parts of relocating to a new country. Most expats heading to Hungary choose to live in the capital, Budapest.
Although accommodation in Hungary is typically much cheaper than in the rest of Europe, rental prices vary considerably throughout the country and even within cities, so it's worth spending time looking for a good deal.
Types of accommodation in Hungary
In Hungary, apartments are the norm in the inner city areas, while houses are more likely to be found in the suburbs or outlying rural areas.
Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available. Expats who intend to stay in the country permanently usually prefer to rent unfurnished accommodation so that they can invest in furnishing their home to their own taste. Meanwhile, expats staying on for a shorter term or uncertain amount of time often find that the convenience of furnished accommodation suits them.
Finding accommodation in Hungary
Because of the language barrier, it is often preferable to employ the services of a letting agent; however, expats should note that the fee charged by the agent will be the equivalent of at least one month's rent, possibly up to three.
If the budget doesn't quite stretch to this, listings of available rentals can be found online and in local Hungarian newspapers.
Renting property in Hungary
Rental agreements tend to be quite standard; tenants are expected to pay the first month's rent upfront, as well as a security deposit equal to two or three months of rent. The rent paid to the landlord does not include monthly fees for utilities and, in the case of apartment rentals, monthly levies. These are for the tenant's own expense.
Some landlords will be happy to go without a contract and simply agree on rental prices and conditions verbally. While it may sound appealing to skip the paperwork, expats should insist on a written contract as a verbal agreement won't stand up in court if something goes wrong. Rental contracts or tenancy agreements should be written in Hungarian and English, to suit both parties.