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Apartment rentals in Prague
There are plenty of hotels providing accommodation in Prague. They set their prices according to a three-seasons scheme: high (Christmas, New Year, Easter, May, June, September, October), middle (July, August), low (from November to March). Prague is not the cheapest European city, and a good room will cost you. Self-catering apartments in Prague constitute a growing market and provide a cheaper and more exciting hotel alternative.
For the same amount of money, often less, you will not only get a full apartment for yourself and your companions, but also all the comforts you are used to at home.
Rent an apartment in Prague, and you will save money on food by cooking at home if you want to, bring guests anytime, have drinks whenever you like.
Because short-term apartment rentals in Prague are priced per unit, not per guest, you will save money instead of paying more when you travel with companions. Renting a 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartment in Prague allows you to spend quality time together in comfort and privacy without being confined to separate and often small hotel rooms.
There are plenty of high-quality apartment rentals in Prague to choose from, and you are sure to find the one that is perfect for your needs. It is easy to find an apartment close to the Old Town and to other places of interest of Prague, so you do not spend time commuting or walking long distances. Sweet Home Abroad also offers apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America.
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Rent an apartment in Prague long-term

Prague, just like any other major European city, attracts not only tourists, but also business professionals, students, immigrants – all of whom sooner or later start looking for an apartment to rent long-term in Prague. Except for immigrants, all of those groups are here temporarily and are planning to leave the Czech capital sooner or later. In their case, renting an apartment instead of living in a hotel is much more suitable for practical reasons:

  • Price – renting an apartment in Prague for long periods allows you to get a monthly price instead of a daily one, saving you money. Even short-term apartment rentals are often cheaper than hotels, and signing a long-term contract guarantees the price will be lower.
  • Comfort – imagine being stuck in a standard room with only a bed and a bathroom. Now imagine having your own zoned space: even if it is a bachelor suite (a studio), it will have a sitting area, a kitchen, a bedroom area, and a bathroom. Whereas hotel suites could have the same amenities, they often cost more. Plus, the main difference between apartment rentals in Prague and hotel long-term rentals is individuality and coziness, which the latter often lacks.
  • Additional free perks – balcony, wireless Internet, parking are a rare find in hotel amenities, and if they can offer it, they will charge for it, whereas in apartments' case you will either pay very little or nothing at all.
However, there is a particular group of residents who are staying in Prague for good. The Czech Republic is an attractive option for expatriates, as it is a safe developed democratic country in the heart of Europe, with clean environment and robust immigrant communities. No matter what your reasons are for immigrating to the Czech Republic, you have made a sensible choice. No matter how new to the country you are, accommodation is one of the most vital parts of your new life here, and choosing it may not be easy (the pressure of it being so important doesn't help either). Unless the new arrivals want to stay in a hotel for a while, which is not advisable for reasons discussed above, there are two options: long-term rentals or buying an apartment/house.

There are numerous reasons to prefer a long-term rental over an immediate real estate purchase: the budget constraints and initial lack of funds for such an investment; the lack of local knowledge and know-how to adequately assess advantages and disadvantages of each area of Prague (feel free to check out our Prague neighbourhood guide); the possibility to rent in different areas for several months to try them out; the finality of a purchase, which may not be desirable for some.

Where do you start looking for a long-term apartment rental in Prague? If you already have connections in the city, friends, who can recommend a landlord or are willing to rent out a flat to you, take advantage of your knowledge. Renting directly is a bit less expensive, then renting via an agency, but there are fewer guarantees and safeguards, so you need to be extra-careful prior to accepting your apartment in Prague and signing the contract.

If you are new to Prague and do not know where to start searching for accommodation, talk to an agency that rents out properties for short-term and vacation rent in Prague. First of all, they may be able to offer you a discount on an apartment for several months, which should give you enough time to do more research and start looking for a more permanent place. Second, agencies are very familiar with real estate market and can give you valuable advice on pricing, neighbourhoods and types of contract. Last, but not least, agencies will most likely be able to match you with a landlord looking for a long-term tenant. It is true that many owners prefer the higher profits of renting their apartments for short terms, but it is also true that vacation rentals carry higher risk of financial loss, and many owners sometimes would prefer having a reliable paying tenant over fast-changing trouble-prone tourists. The agency will also work with you to ensure you are satisfied with your rental contract.

Rental prices used to be regulated across the Czech Republic to allow different categories of citizens to be able to afford a decent apartment. This is no longer the case, as rental price deregulation has been ongoing for the last four years across the country; it is mostly complete in many Czech cities, but in Prague the process is going to continue until mid-2013. Deregulation, while bringing unease to renters and giving expectation of higher profits to landlords, is expected to have only a modest effect on apartment prices: 2-3% change in both directions is likely, as increased competition will drive prices down, while freedom to name your own price may bring them slightly up. In any case, new renters who are just starting to look for a long-term rental in Prague are unlikely to profit from the remnants of regulated pricing policies, as rent-regulated apartments are increasingly harder to find. This is not something you need to worry about, as the price difference is not going to be drastic, if you research carefully and work with a reputable agency.

No matter what your reasons are for wanting to rent-long term in Prague, you are sure to find several options that suit you and your family just fine. Long-term apartment rentals offer you the convenience of being able to live anywhere in Prague, not just touristy areas such as the Old Town or Mala Strana, to feel at home, have all the amenities of a full apartment while paying fair market-based prices. Apartment rentals are also a great way to get comfortable with the idea of eventually buying real estate in Prague.

To see the list of all available apartments for long-term rent in a certain district of Prague, use the interactive map of Prague on this page.

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