Accommodation in Krakow
Expats in search of accommodation in Kraków will find a variety of options available to them. When considering where to live, a number of factors should be taken into consideration, including budget, size, and lifestyle.
Working expats will want to make sure there’s an easy way to commute to the office, while parents will benefit from living close to their children's school. Living in an area well served by public transport makes getting around easier but prices in these areas are usually pushed up by this convenience.
Types of accommodation in Kraków
There’s a range of accommodation types in Kraków. Expats will find everything from modern studio apartments and older Soviet-era flats to villas and freestanding houses with gardens.
Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available in Kraków, but most accommodation comes unfurnished.
Many expats moving to Kraków for the first time opt for short-term accommodation initially while they get to know the city. Popular options include guest houses, hotels and serviced rooms.
Finding accommodation in Kraków
There are a number of ways to get started on searching for accommodation in Kraków, even from a distance. Online property portals and websites of estate agencies can be a good way to learn about the various areas and what to expect in terms of pricing. However, expats should never agree to rent a property or pay any money towards it without having seen it in person.
Once in Kraków, the easiest route is to enlist a real estate agent, preferably from an agency experienced with expats. Hiring a bilingual agent who can speak both English and Polish well will go a long way towards easing any communication difficulties. These agents will also have a good knowledge of the various areas and can guide expats through the leasing process.
Renting accommodation in Kraków
Once an expat has found their ideal new home, they will need to go through the process of signing the lease, paying the deposit and finally moving in.
Signing the lease
Leases in Poland are most commonly signed for 12 months, or sometimes longer. Before signing, expats should be very sure of their length of stay as there may not be a way to break the lease if they suddenly need to leave the country.
If the landlord presents a Polish lease, ask for an English translation and be sure to read it through thoroughly.
A typical deposit in Poland is one month’s worth of rent, though some landlords may charge a double or even triple deposit. As long as the property is returned in a good condition at the end of the lease, the deposit should be returned to the tenant in full.
Utilities such as electricity, water and gas are not usually included in rental prices in Poland. To avoid later disputes, expats should always ensure that they have full clarity with their landlord on this matter. It should also be stipulated in the lease.