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Renting a flat is connected with some costs, which include:

  • payment for renting the flat (fixed monthly payment, often including the rent -> and the fee of the broker if you are using the services of a real estate broker).

    Approximate prices for renting flats are available here ->. The tenant is obliged to make the payments at the dates and at the intervals specified in the agreement. If the agreement does not specify any payment terms, payments should be made as follows:
    - for lease periods not exceeding 1 month – in advance for the whole lease period,
    - if the lease period exceeds 1 month or if the agreement has been concluded for an indefinite period – monthly, by the 10th day of each month.

    The landlord may increase the rent specified in the agreement with one month's notice, at the end of each calendar month. Changes in the amount of rent require signing an annex (additional provisions) to the agreement.
  • charges for the use of water, electricity, gas – advance payments for water and electricity are often included in the rent – although all underpayments should be additionally settled by the tenant (pursuant to the reading of the meters for periodic settlements) and if there are no meters installed in the premises – in the form of a lump sum payment,
  • additional payments, e.g. for security, repair and renovation reserve, additional media, Internet.

Upon the conclusion of the agreement the owner usually requires the payment of a deposit, i.e. a certain sum of money that may be used to cover the losses resulting from the usage of the flat/house (e.g. for possible repairs of damage or losses). The deposit usually amounts to 1-2 month's rent payment. The deposit is returned when the tenant terminates the agreement and leaves the flat. If the landlord does not discover any damage or losses, the whole amount of the deposit is returned, but if any damage is found, the landlord has the right to deduct an amount that will, in his opinion, cover the costs of such damage. In the case of significant damage, the landlord has the right to retain the whole deposit.

The tenant is also obliged to cover minor expenses resulting from the usage of the premises, in particular those related to:

  • minor repairs of floors, doors or windows,
  • painting walls, floors, the internal surface of the entrance door,
  • minor repairs of installations and technical equipment enabling the use of daylight, heating or water.

Note: One should remember that under Polish law it is illegal for the landlord to charge any additional fees for enabling the registration of residence -> by the tenant.