Housing & Rentals
Finding a good place to live is always difficult. There is no exception – getting the right rent and housing in beautiful spain can be hard, especially in large cities. Read guide to room and flat rental and for buying an apartment or villa by the sea.
Where to look
The best places to search for housing.
Whether you’re looking for an apartment or just a room: local knowledge is key.
If you’re not willing to spend a lot of money on an estate agent, you will have to get used to a housing market that relies a lot on local advertising. To get you started, here some tips for a successful housing search in Spain:
This method might seem a little strange to people who are used to housing markets that mainly rely on classifieds and professional agents. However, it can be quite effective in Spain.
This is a way of life in Spain and looking for a home is as good a time as any to begin. Given the lack of rented housing, a lot of the best places are not generally advertised, but are recommended by word of mouth because landlords prefer “known” tenants. Take advice from friends, family members, classmates, colleagues, etc. and let them know that you are looking for a place to live. The more people that know you are looking, the higher the chance you will be pointed in the right direction.
Estate agents and room finding services
If you’re having trouble finding suitable accommodation or do not have a great deal of time to look, there are two types of paid services to assist you in your house hunt: agencies inmobiliarias (estate agents) and room finding services
Room finding services are more proactive and cost a bit less. They will charge an upfront fee (typically €60-120) and then try to find an crib that meets your requirements.
The rental market in Spain
How hard is it to find accommodation?
More and more Spaniards are buying instead of renting their houses in recent years. Spain has now one of the lowest rental rates in the EU. Low earnings and expensive housing mean that most Spaniards are living at home longer (late 20s/early 30s) and then buying a home rather than joining the rental market.
The dramatic rise in property prices over the past five years has lead to tough competition for available rental properties. Monthly rent for a 1 bedroom furnished flat starts at €600/month in Madrid and Barcelona. A cheaper way is to look for a room in a shared apartment, which may start around €300/month in the cities.
Finding a good apartment at the right price before you arrive in Spain is difficult. Landlords prefer to meet tenants before signing a contract and the wide range in quality means it is not advisable to commit to rent a flat “unseen”. If you require your living arrangements to be organized before you arrive, you can use an apartment rental service. However, these do tend to be expensive. This is all about rent and housing in beautiful Spain.