Finding a Long-Term Flat Rental in Prague
The long-term flat rental market in Prague is highly competitive due to the large number of migrants coming there to work from elsewhere in the Czech Republic and beyond. The best deals tend to get swallowed up within days of them being posted so, if you're looking for something to rent, you'll have to act quickly.
Many foreigners seeking long-term rentals in Prague will go through an agency. While this does present its advantages, such as overcoming the language barrier and helping you to find something more suitable in less time, it will also cost you a little more. If you rent a flat through an agency, you will need to pay a commission worth a month's rent for their services although this fee can vary depending on the company that you're dealing with.
It is also possible to find a place by yourself without going through an agency. For foreigners, this can be relatively complicated due to the language barrier, but it also presents some advantages. Whether you are interested in going through an agency or communicating directly with an flat owner, take a look at Things to Consider with Long-Term Flat Rentals for more information.
It's better to call up the agency or owner advertising the flat as soon as possible if you find something interesting. Make an appointment to look at it at the earliest convenience. If you do not speak Czech, you may need to get some help from a local. Most of the larger agencies, however, have some English-speaking staff and there are also some agencies which deal almost exclusively with foreigners. Finally, if you are dealing directly with the owner, sending an email usually doesn't get you anywhere unless there is no phone number provided. If you send an email, do not expect a timely response, if any at all.
It is a good idea to start your search before you arrive in Prague, if only to get an idea of the rental prices in the areas you want to live. It is unlikely that anyone will rent a flat out to you if you don't see it first. When you arrive in Prague, you will probably have to spend a few days staying in a hotel or other form of accommodation while you find a suitable long-term flat to rent.
When you decide on the perfect flat to rent, be aware that most owners will only accept a minimum of a six-month contract. It is also normal to pay a deposit worth a month's rent and a month's rent up front.