Things to Consider with Long-Term Flat Rentals in Prague
When choosing a long-term flat rental in Prague, there are a lot of important things to consider. The most important things to pay attention to are the location, price, size of the flat and amenities but there are also many other smaller things that you should consider in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises later on. Here is a list of things to think about.
The heating system
In Prague, the central heating system is usually the ideal option. If the flat is equipped with central heating, the heating bills will usually be included in the rental price. Independent electric heating is often more expensive and charged separately.
The location of the flat in the building
Top or bottom floor flats tend not to be as warm as those in the middle of the building.
The type of windows
Flats with new plastic windows offer better sound and heat insulation than the older windows often found in many old buildings in the centre. The newer double-glazed wooden windows also offer adequate sound and heat insulation in most cases.
Public transport connections
Much of Prague is very well-connected by public transport, but you'll still want to make sure that the location you choose is convenient and accessible.
Cost of utilities
With most long-term rentals, the cost of most, if not all, of the utilities is included in the rent and determined before you sign the contract. However, it is also quite common to have to pay extra at the end of the contract if a correction is made. In rare cases, this may actually be in your favour in which case you'll receive money.
Is there a lift?
Older buildings often don't have a lift while most new buildings do. If you're living on the fourth or fifth floor, for example, you may want to make sure that there's a lift.
Orientation of the windows
South-facing windows are better, since you will get more light in the winter. Windows which face into a courtyard are also good, since you'll have much more insulation from street noise. If the apartment is located on the ground floor or first floor, this is particularly important.
Is there Internet?
It is generally better to ensure that the Internet has already been taken care of by the owner. If you have to deal with an Internet provider yourself, you'll likely have to commit to a one-year contract.
How far away are the highways?
If peace and quiet is a priority, then ensure that there are no highways or busy roads in the immediate area.
Are there any bars or nightclubs nearby?
While some people might not mind this, few people want to live right next to a nightlife spot. This is especially the case in the Old Town. Žižkov also has many late-night bars and clubs.
Is the flat fully furnished and equipped?
Most people living in Prague will want a fully furnished flat. Most long-term flat rentals are fully furnished, although many are not.
Is there a kitchen?
Many smaller, low-budget flats only have a kitchenette in the main room. This is referred to as "KK" on flat specifications and advertisements. For example, a flat labelled a "2+KK" is a two-room apartment with a kitchenette in one room rather than a separate kitchen.
Is the shower located separately?
In some very old flats, the shower is located in the kitchen – definitely not ideal for everyone!
What type of doors is there inside?
Many flats have doors with glass panes. If you are planning to share a flat with someone, this is often not ideal since they provide minimal noise insulation.