5 things to know for those who want to rent an apartment in Moscow
If you plan to rent an apartment, you need to know the answers to the five main questions.
1. Who is renting?
Economy class apartments are most often rented. It can be the landlord or the brokerage company, with whom he or she has signed a contract for the service. Some real estate agents specialize in renting apartments on a daily basis. They usually have good sites with detailed descriptions and photos of the apartments and the possibility of making pre-bookings.
A brokerage company usually takes better care of the property it rents and offers additional services. These services include wi-fi, cleaning, regular change of sheets and towels. Private individuals offer such services less often. In any case, find out in advance who will clean the apartment. Don't hesitate to ask for a discount if the landlord can't offer it.
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2. What if I choose an apartment based on the photo?
If you agree to rent an apartment and make a prepayment based only on the photos, and this is the most possible variant for non-residents, be sure to indicate in the contract that the apartment must match the photos, otherwise the contract will be cancelled and the company will refund the money.
However, if the apartment matches the photos, but in reality they are, for example, old cameras, you will hardly be able to make a claim.
3. Do I need a deposit?
As a general rule, in the case of short-term rentals, the tenant pays the entire apartment in advance by signing the contract. In addition, he or she pays a deposit, which is usually equal to the cost of one day's rent, and which is returned to him or her in the event of eviction, provided that all the property is in order. If you rent your apartment through an agency, the broker's commission is usually included in the rent.
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4. What do I have to sign?
Even if you are renting an apartment for one day, make sure you sign a rental agreement. In it, you must specify all the rental conditions: duration, arrival and departure times, amount of rent per day and deposit, and indicate that the price includes payment of utilities, equipment and linen rental. The contract must specify that neither party has the right to rent, sell or make other transactions with the apartment while the contract is in force. Has prepared a separate inventory of property. The composition and condition of the property, as well as the procedure and mechanism for compensation must be clearly indicated. This document is legally binding only if it includes the parties to the contract, their passport data, the subject of the contract, the term, price and payment procedure.
5. How much does it cost to rent an apartment?
On average, the daily rent for an apartment costs three to four times more than the long-term rent.
In Moscow, the rent for a room per day costs from 2.5 to 4,000 rubles. But in houses on the most prestigious streets of the city, such as Tverskaya or Kutuzovsky Prospekt, the rate can be as much as 8 thousand. By way of comparison, if you rent a one-room apartment in economy class near the metro, you give 30-35 thousand rubles per month, that is 1,000-1,200 rubles per day.