Renting an apartment in Budapest is not much different than renting an apartment in some other big city in Europe. At the same time, that doesn’t mean it is all straightforward and as easy as a walk in the park.
Well, if you want to make sure your interests and rights as a tenant are protected, you need to learn a thing or two about renting an apartment in Budapest.
Here is what matters most when renting an apartment in Budapest.
Each neighborhood is specific
First of all, you need to know where you want to live, your budget, and your lifestyle. There are 23 districts in Budapest, and each has its peculiarities. Websites such as JustBudapest.com can help you learn about their peculiarities, local transport, average rental fees, local infrastructure, and the general vibe of the district.
The point is, educate yourself and learn about the different districts. That way, the search for a new apartment will be easier, and you will know what to expect in terms of the rental fee.
Once you decide which district suits you most and find a suitable apartment that also happens to be available for rent, you need to ask your potential landlord a set of questions.
Things to ask
- What’s the deposit for the apartment, and at which point will you have it back?
- How much is the building’s fee and what’s included? For example, does it cover heating or water usage?
- What about the utility charges such as electricity and the internet? How much do they cost?
- Does the building have a central heating system, or will you run your individual heating? This is important if you will be staying there during the winter months.
- What’s their pet policy if you plan to bring a pet with you?
Once you get all that out of your way, you need to make sure that you understand what’s in your rental agreement. If needed, hire a local translator to help you go through each section of the rental agreement.
Once you cover that as well, you need to make sure that all the electric appliances and furniture are fully functional and present there, as stated in the agreement. If needed, double-check, because when the time comes to leave the apartment, the landlord will also check everything. And if he finds something is missing or broken, he will charge you for it or withhold some of your deposit.
Last, but not least
Just because you are a foreigner, it doesn’t mean you have to pay more than the locals do. Many landlords will try to take advantage of that and offer you a higher than average rental fee. They might even try to sneak some unfavorable clause in your rental agreement.
Do your homework and learn the average rental fees for the apartments in that particular area. Translate the rental agreement before signing it.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a lower rental fee or amending the original rental agreement. It’s all fair game, and the landlord won’t take it personally. Locals do that all the time; there is no rule saying foreigners shouldn’t try and get the best possible deal.