If you are planning to stay in Kiev for more than a week or two you probably thought of an idea to rent an apartment for the long-term. Thus, this is an article for you. We gathered some tips for you to create a broader image of what to look for when renting real estate in Kiev for a long-term agreement.
Real estate renting can be tricky, so its best to get some advice from locals. Our tour guides in Kiev can help you do just that.
In this article, we will cover
- Real estate agencies
- Correct timing
- Language barriers can be rough
- Parking space and transportation
- Utilities and accommodation expenses
Real estate agencies in Kiev
If you are looking for the cheapest way to rent long-term real estate then choosing direct owners over agencies is for sure better for you but keep in mind that professionals always are the ones that pick the best and know the best.
Keep in mind that if you do decide to go with this direct landlord option you can encounter fraudulent activity. There are some reports of rent scammers in Kiev. We are not saying that all owners in Kiev are fraudulent but it can happen. Our advice is to look for both.
It is wise to look for a place to stay in advance. When searching for a place to stay for more than 2 or 3 months it is almost crucial to inform landlords that you are interested in renting from beforehand otherwise there will be not much to choose from. Due to the fact that the rental market in Kiev is really dynamic, you should get in touch with the owner 2 months in advance.
Language barriers can be rough
When looking for an apartment in Kiev you will find a lot of rent advertisements that are translated to English incorrectly or contain misleading information. For instance, there are a lot of situations when landlords state that the apartment has 4 rooms which in a broad sense means that there are at least 2 bedrooms. Unfortunately, most of the time they mean that the apartment in total contains 4 rooms including a bathroom, kitchen, and toilet. So, before visiting the apartment make it clear with the owner.
Without a doubt, location is one of the most important factors when it comes to renting. As pretty much all other cities in the world Kiev is divided into districts, thus be patient and explore the possibilities and decide in what district you are interested in renting real estate. Of course, it depends on the budget.
Most apartments in Kiev come furnished and if they don’t the landlords certainly will mention that, if you are dealing with an agent and you are looking for an unfurnished apartment - advise him accordingly.
Parking space and transportation
If you plan to own a car and the districts that you are planning to stay in are really urban you will certainly need a place with a reserved parking space due to the fact that most of the streets in urban areas of Kiev are taxed.
Utilities and accommodation expenses
Even though winters in Kiev are harsh the cost of heating and other expenses tend to be proper. But be sure that the real estate that you are planning to rent has heating available. Central heating is in operation from October 15th to April 15th.
All in all
Renting a place in Kiev is not that difficult. As mentioned before the rental market of Kiev is considerably dynamic and has to offer accommodation to anyone. When it comes to long-term agreements, be patient and ask in advance to avoid problems.