Renting apartment or a house

It is not a problem to rent apartments for any taste and wallet in Ukraine. As regards houses, the choice is narrower (especially on the eve of summer season, when demand on family cottages in big cities suburbs increases significantly). If you surf the Web, you may find hundreds of the Ukrainian sites which contain hundreds of real estate agencies and private brokers’ contacts. There are a few tips which may be of use for you while searching for accommodation here:

* While estimating the accommodation cost, keep in mind an intermediary’s fee: 50% of the first month rent charge. Besides, define the currency of monthly payment and if it is fixed in the contract. (It is common practice here to link charge in hryvnas to dollar exchange rate monthly).

* Public utilities payment is another issue to discuss while making an agreement. Sometimes it may be included into the monthly rent charge, sometimes – not. Anyway you should pay for such utilities as electricity, heating and water according with the counters, Internet and TV provider’s service complementary (plus additional options for houses – security, garden maintaince etc.).

* The first payment includes two-month charge. Half of this sum is considered as security deposit in case of damaging the landlord’s property or any other loss-making.

* It is possible to negotiate some discount if you can pay for more than 2-months period up front.

* It is common to show the lower charge in the contract due to the apartment owners will to pay less tax. The rest of sum may be paid by a tenant in cash - up to your unofficial agreement. (This is a distinct feature of Ukrainian style of doing business – to avoid or cut taxes wherever it is possible: either rent payment or job salary etc.).

* No payment to be done until the contract is signed. (Payment for viewing, any kind of deposit etc. is obviously to be fraud).

* If you need to have a correct contract or passport registration in the official institution (OVIR), be ready to compensate your landlord’s complementary expenses and inconvenience.

* Owners usually personally visit their tenants to get monthly payment (if the other way was not specified). Municipal services may be paid either by a landlord or by a tenant. Bills for utilities services are sent by post or you can adjust your on-line account.

* Landlords manage their apartments themselves so any problems as regards repairs and upgrade, municipal services drawbacks etc. to be discussed and agreed with the owner.

* Term of the rent contract is rather nominal and can be changed easily. If you want to move out you have just notice the owner one month beforehand. On the other side, the contract may be prolonged automatically, by agreement. Landlords usually use this case as a chance to revise monthly fee.

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