Renting without an Agent – A Checklist

Going it alone

When renting a property through an agent you will normally pay a fee equivalent to one month’s rent (or less if using or ).so you may decide you would like to avoid paying anything.

Here are some pointers on how you can go about it


If it happens that the owner doesn’t speak your language it would be best to bring a Polish friend or hire a translator while you are negotiating the terms. The additional costs will include electricity, water etc (called Media) and building management fees.

Time to sign

Your agreement will probably be in Polish only and it is a legal document so again, bring a friend or hire a translator. You may also want the Landlord to accompany you to the city registration office to record that you are living there,

It is a rare issue but you should also ensure that the landlord is actually the owner of the property. Ask them to bring along ownership documents for you to view before signing.

Rental agreements are normally pretty standard but if you are wary of any of the terms, bring it to a lawyer to check it over before signing.

Upon Signing

You will be expected to pay your deposit of one month rent and the first month in advance. Additionally, you will have to bring your signed lease to the different utility offices to put your name on the relevant electricity, water bills etc..

Agents have a legal responsibility for any property they negotiate on so you won’t have this guarantee but you will have saved the fee less any legal and translator charges you incur.

Happy Hunting!


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts


Enter your keyword

%d bloggers like this: