Accommodation

Living in Europe | Accommodation | Luxembourg
 

 

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It can be a challenge to find an accommodation in Luxembourg, depending on where you want to live, type of property (studio, apartment, house), renting or buying and of course your budget. If you are staying for less than 5 years, it is probably best to rent before buying, to allow you to get to know Luxembourg better. As the market is somewhat limited, this can take some time, so you should start searching before leaving your country.

 

 

If you are coming for longer, you will need to look for a studio or apartment to rent. The minimum period is usually 1 year and prices vary enormously depending on the location and size.

 

Find a home online

 

Finding a studio or apartment

 

Most properties are rented out by estate agents and through specialised websites. Real estate agencies are mostly closed at weekends, some of them work on Saturdays.

The daily national newspaper “Luxemburger Wort” and the weekly “Luxbazar” also have accommodation sections.

Budget

There are some unavoidable initial costs when renting that you will need to consider in your budget:

  • Rent: 1st month in advance

  • Deposit: maximum 3 months’ rent, refundable on departure if no damages, etc.

  • Estate agency’s fees: 1 month’s rent + VAT 15%

  • Insurance: compulsory third-party insurance for fire, water, etc.

  • Furniture and appliances

  • Electricity, gas, water connections

  • Telephone connection (optional)

  • Cable TV (optional)

For this reason, it is important to open a bank account and transfer sufficient funds as soon as possible and make appointments with the estate agency(ies) BEFORE leaving, to avoid any delays.

IMPORTANT

To register with your commune on your arrival in Luxembourg (compulsorily within 3 days for non-EU citizens), you will need an official address.

 

About your lease

Your lease

 

 

Leasing contract

Normally 1 to 3 years (fixed period) or open-ended.

Diplomatic clause: add this to your contract to avoid any liability and having to pay a penalty if you have to move away from Luxembourg before the contract expires.

Deposit

The landlord will inspect the apartment when you move in and after you leave. It should be in the same state as when you moved in, otherwise the landlord can keep a part/or all of your deposit to pay for cleaning or repairs.

Furnishings

Most properties are rented out without any kitchen appliances, without curtains, carpets etc. but the previous tenants may be happy to sell you these.

For furnished accommodation, check if there is an insurance covering the contents.

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