Those who are unfamiliar with the city and the Czech language generally prefer to use an established real estate agency to help them find a suitable new home. There are various agencies in Prague with multilingual staff and which receive expatriate customers on a regular basis.
The quality of services provided by Prague’s real estate agencies, however, can differ significantly. It is therefore advisable to consult fellow expats before choosing an agency and compare experiences.
Searching for the right place to live without the help of an agency is, of course, also possible. For offers in English, you might want to check Prague TV Real Estate. Czech language websites usually have the most offers — and some of them even provide English versions. The following sites may come in handy:
A highly valuable resource not only for your apartment search, but for all areas of expat life in Prague, is the only English-language newspaper in the Czech Republic: The Prague Post. With more than 20 years of experience in providing high-class journalism catering to an international readership and their interests, the paper is definitely recommended reading for every expat in Prague. The articles cover local, national, and international news from across Central Europe as well as cultural stories of note from around Prague both as reviews and event listings. As keeping in touch with the latest happenings in town is an important part of making yourself at home in new surroundings, The Prague Post can help you make the most of your time as an expat in the Czech capital.
Prague has a wide selection of both apartments and single-family homes for rent. In the city center as well as in other central areas such as Prague 2 and Prague 5, apartments — most of them quite spacious — are predominant. In the suburbs as well as the family-friendly districts described above, most expats live in single-family houses.
Both furnished and unfurnished homes are available. Apartments may be rented out for a short-term period as well as long-term. Houses, on the other hand, are usually not rented out for less than two years.
The quality of available housing can differ tremendously. Generally, the rent market in Prague is somewhat divided between low priced, non-Western style homes mainly aimed at Czech nationals, and much higher priced, high-standard accommodation for the expat community.
As a result, rents vary widely, depending on their quality and location. For a standard two-bedroom apartment, you can expect to pay around 10,000 CZK to 30,000 CZK a month. Homes in the expat segment are much more expensive, with rent prices of up to 100,000 CZK to 150,000 CZK, depending on the district.
Utilities may or may not be included in the cited rental price. Make sure to check this prior to signing any agreement. Utilities can add a significant amount to your monthly expenses: for apartments in the price range mentioned above, utilities usually amount to between 3,000 CZK and 5,000 CZK. Apart from that, you have to register and deal with all the utility companies yourself. Some apartments also have additional service charges. The Ministry for Regional Development has prepared a brochure in English on housing in the Czech Republic for foreign nationals (2009) containing useful information on rental contracts, registering for gas and electricity, etc.
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