Accommodation in Poland
There are many different options to suit the budget and requirements of all sorts of expats looking for accommodation in Poland. Despite the diversity of options, housing demand often outweighs supply, so competition over accommodation can be fierce in desirable areas.
Regulations for foreigners wanting to buy property in Poland are complex, and most expats living in Poland rather choose to rent property.
Types of accommodation in Poland
The types of accommodation in Poland vary widely and include older as well as more contemporary styles. The quality of housing has improved in recent years, and there are many options for expats, from Soviet-style apartment buildings and freestanding homes with gardens to duplexes, semi-detached houses and spacious modern penthouse apartments.
Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available in Poland, although unfurnished options are more common. Standard appliances such as a stove, refrigerator and dishwasher are often supplied, but air conditioning is rare in Polish apartments.
Finding accommodation in Poland
Expats looking for an apartment or a house in Poland can find property listings online or in daily Polish newspapers. However, for expats unable to speak Polish, this may be a difficult task and they may want to acquire the services of a real estate agent. Once a lease is secured, agents usually require a fee equivalent to at least a month’s rent for their services.
When choosing an area to live in Poland, expats should consider their proximity to their place of work and their children’s school, as well as access to public transport. The farther away from the city centre, the cheaper the accommodation, but the less access these areas have to services such as public transport, schools and hospitals. Rentals closest to public transport, such as Warsaw’s metro line, often cost more.
Renting property in Poland
Rental agreements are usually flexible and decided upon between the tenant and landlord.
Utilities such as gas, water and electricity are not usually included in the rental cost and are paid for by tenants. Additional expenses could also include general maintenance costs for the building such as cleaning and gardening. Expats should keep this in mind when budgeting for accommodation.
A deposit of one to three months’ rent is often required by landlords, while some may even require six months' rental upfront.