Poland has one of the cheapest costs of accommodation, but the price of accommodation depends on a lot of factors including the location, type of building, number of rooms, and standard of the property.
We discovered that the most expensive properties are in Warsaw, Wroclaw, and Krakow. While apartments and other real estates in Lodz, Poznan, and Gdansk are dirt cheap.
Before coming to Poland, it is wise to know where to get a suitable apartment if you want to enjoy your stay. In this article, we will be giving you a complete rundown of the cost and process of finding accommodation in Poland. By the end of this guide, you’ll have no problem finding an apartment in any city of your choice, even if it is your first time in the country.
How difficult is the property purchase process in Poland?
Foreign residents and expats living in Poland can freely and easily buy an apartment of their choice.
All EU citizens will be required to get a permit from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration (MIA) to buy land for housing and recreation.
The land will have to be registered for housing and recreation. You may not be allowed to use the property as a place of permanent residence. Purchased property intended for permanent residence may not exceed 0.50 hectares.
Non-EEA citizens also need a Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration permits before you can buy any kind of land, whether for residential or commercial purposes.
The MIA permit will only be issued if the foreign third-country nationals that can prove that he/she has links or is related to any citizen, temporary, or permanent residence of Poland.
Citizens of the European Economic Area, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway may buy land and real estate for commercial purposes.
All foreigners and legal entities may lease property and real estate with no restrictions. Any lease that would exceed 12 months is required to be documented in writing.
Since the 1st of January 2011, VAT for land sales is levied at a flat rate of 23%.
Types of apartments available for rent in Poland
There are a lot of accommodations available for you if you choose to live in Poland. You can buy a house, live in a dormitory, or rent an apartment.
There are three popular types of housing available in this European Country: kamienica, blok, and Condo.
Where to look for accommodation
For foreigners who can’t speak or understand the Polish language, there are a lot of online sites that provide more than enough information to help you secure an apartment without any stress.
Here’s a list of sites that you can property listings available in Poland.
Rentflatpoland – This is one of the best places to fish out luxurious apartments available in the country for a very good price.
Property-Krakow – property-krakow.com is a popular website for searching for an apartment with the English language as the default language.
Gratka – Gratka is one of the biggest classifieds site in the country and perfect for finding affordable properties.
Nocowanie – Nocowanie lets you filter for apartments that have internet, parking, television, and more.
Onenet – Onenet is a handy tool that can help you find villas, homes, and luxury rentals.
If you’ve tried all the options listed above, you can try out other agencies like Eholiday, Hamilton May Group, Trip Advisor, Airbnb, Vrbo.com, Just Landed, and other small Polish Forums.
How do I handle property transfer?
Property negotiation is straightforward. You can negotiate with the owner or through the estate agent. Once both parties have reached an agreement, the contract for the purchase of the property must be made in form of a notarial deed by a Polish notary.
Once the contract and agreements have been signed, the transfer would be completed. Registration of real estate purchases can take up to 30 days.
Cost of accommodation
Rent prices in Poland are very affordable. A one-bedroom apartment in the city center will cost you just 2,620.10 PLN per month and 2,086.86 PLN if you choose to live in a quieter place outside the city center.
If you have a big family, a three-bedroom apartment in the city center can be 4,402.90 PLN per month and 3,924.95 PLN if you live outside of the city center.
Finding a place to live can be difficult if you don’t speak or understand the language. Most of the ads and listings of properties are only written in Polish.
Even communicating with landlords, agents, and brokers can be challenging. Fortunately, we have a team that can help you secure a place in Poland for commercial or residential within 48 hours. You can send us a message if you would like to know more.