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How can expatriates living in Budapest find foreign language education institutions? How can you find your way around the Budapest (public) transport system? And where can you meet other foreigners living and working in Budapest? Our recently updated Welcome to Our World guide is here to help. It introduces Budapest and the peculiarities of Hungarian living from the perspective of expats.

Foreigners flock to Budapest not only for sightseeing trips, they often settle down for longer periods as well. Choosing and arranging the right place to live, organising medical treatment, education, as well as acquiring the necessary permits can present serious difficulties for expats, and there is no guarantee that information pieced together from several sources on the internet will be of great help.

A new English-language guide for expatriates

This English-language guide published by Inter Relocation, a leading relocation firm, is intended to make your integration easier. Here you can find comprehensive information to ease the stress of organising your stay and everyday living in Hungary. This guide will assist you in finding apartments, understanding lease contracts, and the specific rules of parking, public transport, the healthcare system as well as financial and education services. It provides advice for shopping, social and business networking and filling your free time with useful leisure activities. It also provides an insight into the history and sights of Budapest, while describing the districts of the city from the perspective of epxat residents.

Your Ultimate Free Guide to Hungary

“From exploring schools to finding the right doctors”

“We receive most questions about real estate, since it is really hard to find a good deal that represents value for money when you are looking to rent, especially in such an oversaturated market. Even though we are not able to find city centre houses with gardens and pools either, our advisers do their best to find the ideal solution in the client’s interest.

Relocation services, however, cover a wide range of aspects of the arrival process, from exploring schools to finding the right doctors speaking the right languages, and locating electricians, if required. We have handled a huge number of questions over a period of more than fifteen years now, and we have used them to compile this guide to provide a comprehensive picture of life in Hungary for workers of SMEs and large corporations moving here.” – says Stuart McAlister, founder and manager of Inter Relocation.

You can download the guide from HERE, but Inter Relocation clients receive a printed copy too. Expatriates living in Budapest can find a wealth of useful information in our magazine at EXPAT PRESS, and in the Budapest Expats Group on Facebook that is open to everyone.


About Inter Relocation: Founded in Budapest in 2002, Inter Relocation has in the last 17 years become a significant player on the market, and its partner offices in 25 countries help expats settle down. It is the only company in Hungary to have the Quality Seal of EuRA (international organisation for relocation service providers), and in Hungary alone it has so far helped 25,000 people settle into life in Budapest.

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The cost of living in Hungary and more specifically Budapest, is something many expatriates research before taking the plunge and relocating. We present our updated information, based on April 2019 data.

As with a move to any new country, there are many things you need to know about living in Budapest. The internet has a variety of guides for the budding expat and the sponsors of this publication, Inter Relocation, also offer a wide range of services for the inbound foreigner. It would be difficult to get into too much detail here about all the things you need to know, but we’ll try and touch on a few of the basic areas, just to give you an idea of what to expect. All costs and other information are current as of April 2019.


General Information
Hungarian Currency
Infrastructure in Budapest
Public Transport

Budapest Accommodation
The cost of living in Budapest
“Common cost”

Grocery Markets
Eating Out
Health Insurance and Dental Care


General Information

Budapest is home to approximately 1.75 million people in an area of 525.2 km², larger than Bucharest, Vienna or Prague. The life expectancy of Budapest residents is on average 76 years. There are roughly 52% females and 48% males.

Since the regime change in the early 1990s, there has been a growing number of expat communities in Budapest. Depending on your country of origin, you will very likely find expats from your own country to meet.

Living in Budapest is not the same as living in Bristol, England, or Boston, Massachusetts (USA). You will have an obvious advantage if you speak Hungarian, although these days in Budapest it is possible to get most things done without the need to speak the local language. English is widely spoken in shops, bars and restaurants, although far less so in administrative offices, the post office and so on.


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Hungarian Currency

Even after joining the European Union, Hungary decided to continue to use its own currency, the Hungarian Forint, written as “Ft” or HUF. Some international shops and real estate agencies might also list their prices in Euro, but watch out for the exchange rate. An easy-to-remember rule is that, as of April 2019, 1,000 HUF is roughly the equivalent of around 3 Euro or $3.50 US dollars or 2.7 British Pounds.

Although most places accept international credit and debit cards, it’s always good to have some cash on you. If you need to buy tickets for public transport, for example, the 20,000 HUF note might be too big so if you can, break the note at a shop before you travel.

In addition to the cash exchange booths scattered throughout the city, there are many ATMs around Budapest, some of which dispense Euro notes alongside the local currency.


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Infrastructure in Budapest

Local infrastructure in Budapest is truly fantastic, at least when all the metro lines are fully operational. You most certainly don’t need a car in the city if you feel you don’t want one. In fact, it can be quite inconvenient to own a car here, as you may have to pay for parking, which is around 22,000 – 50,000 HUF per month, depending on your location. It may be possible to obtain a parking permit for the district in which you live. Different districts have different requirements, so in some cases you may only be able to get a parking permit if you own the car and the apartment. If you do decide to buy a car in Hungary, the full insurance and related costs (road tax) shouldn’t be more than 75,000 HUF per year.

Public Transport

Buses, trains, trams, trolleys and the four metro lines are all reliable and run on time. The government is slowly but surely upgrading the city’s metro system and even the stations that look outdated are generally safe. A monthly BKV pass for all modes of transport runs 9,500 HUF, something that continues to contribute to the low cost of living in Budapest. But fundamentally Budapest is a walker’s city. It’s a good way to save some money, exercise and stay fit. Many expats walk everywhere and enjoy the feeling of freedom and exploration they get while strolling down the city’s boulevards and side streets. If you do need a car, rentals are available at reasonable rates. In recent years, the city has also installed the Budapest Bicycle system (BuBi) to help people get around even faster.

You can also take taxis if you need to go out and want to drink (Hungary has a zero tolerance drinking-and-driving policy). Tram 4/6 runs 24/7 and covers most of central Budapest, if you need to rely on public transport to get home in the wee hours of the morning. Just note that the controllers even check tickets during the night, so be sure to have your ticket or pass on you at all times.


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Budapest Accommodation

Finding a flat in Budapest these days might not be as easy as it once was. The high demand for rentals has pushed prices up to where accommodations are now often comparable to other Central European cities. This has been the main factor in increasing the overall cost of living in Budapest in the last 4-5 years.

No longer is there a wide range of apartments for a low price. The best and easiest way to find a flat is to contact several real estate agents who will help you locate what you want. The agent gets his/her commission from the owner; as a result, most owners are only willing to rent long term, so expect to sign a contract for at least one year.


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Another option is to join a few Facebook Groups for expats where you can find daily rental offers. Search for “rent in Budapest” and you will find several really good groups. Join them and check them daily. You can then message the estate agent or owner directly. Send them a list of all your requirements and they will send you recommendations.

Finally you may wish to choose to find your home using a relocation services provider like Inter Relocation. Such firms do charge a fee for their time and expertise but are also paid to represent you as the tenant, find the right property from the entire local marketplace, negotiate the best deal for you and ensure that the lease agreement protects your legal rights. You can learn more about this process in this handy guide to relocating to Hungary.

If you haven’t already arranged for a flat, it’s easy these days to rent an Airbnb when you arrive and start searching for your permanent living space.

The cost of living in Budapest

OK, now for the most important item: money! Budapest has long had a reputation for being an affordable city, but beware! Budapest is not all that cheap any longer. However, Budapest still has an almost 55% lower cost of living than New York City, USA. In general, a single person can live reasonably in Budapest for around 175,000 HUF per month, not including rent.

A two-bedroom apartment in a central location and good condition starts around 240,000 HUF. The better the location, the newer the appliances and the larger space, the more you can expect to pay. In the advertisements, normally all the costs are clearly stated, though keep in mind that many rents are advertised assuming a cash payment. If you ask for an invoice so you can claim it back from your employer, expect to pay more.


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“Common cost”

One unusual extra item is the “common cost”. Depending on the building, it’s typically 130-180 HUF/m2/month if water is not included and 200-250 HUF/m2/month if it is. This covers the bin collection and recycling and also the cleaning and the electricity in the common areas. The newer or higher rent blocks usually have higher common costs. For example, a flat in the beautiful Avenue Gardens on Andrássy Boulevard has a monthly common cost of around 48,000 HUF! However, this cost includes access to a 24/7 concierge service, spa, pool and gym.

When you view a flat, make sure to double check all the costs involved before you commit to renting it.

On top of the rent and common cost, you will almost always have to pay for your own electricity, gas and water (water is sometimes included in the common cost). These are separate bills given to you by the landlord or the agency. Expect anywhere from 30,000 HUF to 50,000 HUF per month for a 50m2 apartment. Winter gas heating costs alone can sometimes hit 30,000 HUF per month.

When you move in, you usually need to put down two months deposit and one month rent in advance. Make sure you check everything when you move in and adjust your contract as needed. Take pictures of the flat and appliances for when you check out, to give you a stronger chance of getting your deposit back.

Grocery Markets

Budapest has a wide variety of local markets, small shops and large supermarkets. If you have a car, you can drive to the outskirts and shop in hypermarkets. Alternatively, pretty much all districts have their own market (piac, in Hungarian), which is a good way to support the local community and get cheaper, fresher produce. Average food costs will probably run around 16,000-25,000 HUF for two people for a week.

Eating Out

The alternative to dining at home, of course, is taking advantage of the many, many wonderful restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars in the city. Avoid main touristy places, as a set “traditional” menu can be around 6,000 HUF per person. Smaller restaurants will run you about 3600 HUF for a three-course meal for two people. That’s 1800 HUF per person for a delicious soup, main and a cake!

Bars are also still pretty cheap, with beers costing from 700 HUF on average for a large glass. Of course, if you buy them from the supermarket, prices will be significantly lower. Hungarian sparkling wine costs starts at around 1,100 HUF per bottle and a good bottle of wine starts from as little 1,500 HUF.

There are lots of bakeries scattered throughout Budapest, so you can buy fresh bread every day. You can find almost any variety of bread, ranging from the usual sliced white bread to the special whole grain loaves. There are also lots of Hungarian treats, like the amazing Budapest lángos, pastries and cakes. A slice of vegan cake in the city center will cost around 1,000 HUF, but the more central you go, the higher the prices.


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Clothes and shoes cost roughly the same in Budapest as in pretty much any other capital city in Europe. As with most cities, there are a few expensive streets lined with large international shops and boutiques. A pair of jeans will set you back around 20-30,000 HUF and some nice Nike running shoes will start from around 20,000 HUF.

Health Insurance and Dental Care

Health insurance for you and your family will probably start around 10,000 HUF/month/person. If you are an EU citizen, make sure you order your free EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which covers you for emergency treatment and carry it with you at all times. If you work in Hungary your social security contributions will allow you access to the state healthcare system. This is functional but there can be language issues.

An alternative is to pay as you go for private medical treatments. An acquaintance recently needed a knee MRI and paid around 45,000 HUF. A consultation with a doctor was around 15,000 HUF per session and blood tests were 16,000 HUF; not too bad, considering it was all private, with no insurance.

Private healthcare in Hungary is on the rise and there are several options for a private healthcare package, which is pretty reasonable by international standards.

Hungarian dental care is world-class and so popular and reasonably priced that there is still a large market in dental tourism from the UK, Ireland and elsewhere. Basically, find a dentist you like and you’re set for the duration.

Inter Relocation is proud to be co-sponsoring a Relaxation Station at the upcoming EuRA conference in Munich

Inter Relocation, together with two of  its strategic partners, is sponsoring a Relaxation Station at the upcoming EuRA conference in Munich. Conference participants are encouraged to take a break from their busy weeks to get a professional chair massage from one of the two expert therapists. Massages are free of charge but anyone taking advantage of this indulgence is encouraged to make a donation of at least €20 to EuRA’s chosen charity for 2019.

Come and find the Relaxation Station at the rear of the exhibit hall, in front of the staircase. Take a well-deserved rest and help us raise money for a good cause!

Inter Relocation and Charity

Inter Relocation is a proud holder of the EuRA Global Quality Seal. This industry recognised quality standard commits Inter Relocation to charitable activity as a part of its overall CSR strategy. In 2018 Inter Relocation’s charity activity included purchasing a digital infusion pump for the paediatrics department of a hospital in southern Hungary and to purchase a signed Liverpool FC shirt at the EuRA charity auction in Dubrovnik.

Inter Relocation takes the stress out of the EuRA conference

In 2019 Inter Relocation will continue to support sick and under privileged children in Hungary via its partnership with the Robert Burns International Foundation. Inter Relocation is also committed to working with EuRA again to ensure it raises the most money it can for its chosen charity for 2019, a multi-lingual language support service for immigrants.

The British Embassy hosted a second Brexit Town Hall meeting last Wednesday, 20th March at the Budapest Marriott Hotel. Again, more than 200 UK citizens and other interested parties attended what this time was a more understated meeting. Significantly, the panel included senior figures from all the relevant ministries of the Hungarian government, while the United Kingdom government was represented by Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Iain Lindsay and Tom Whitehead.

Her Majesty’s Ambassador commenced the meeting by re-stating that it is critical all UK citizens register for legal residence before 29th March. Ambassador Lindsay also stated that the UK government’s aim remains to depart the EU with a deal.

The UK government continues to work with the Hungarian government to ensure that UK citizens can continue to live their lives exactly as they have done as EU members.

Pál Péter Schmidt, deputy secretary of state at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office stated that the Hungarian government welcomes the vote of the UK parliament on 14th March stating that a no-deal Brexit should not take place under any circumstances. The Hungarian government has already passed a law covering many issues, intended to protect the rights of UK citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

One key statement was to confirm that there would be no visa requirements for UK citizens within the EU, regardless of whether there is a Brexit with a deal or not. However there is likely to be a requirement in the future and certainly under a no-deal Brexit, for UK citizens travelling as tourists or on business to the EU, to pay the planned ETIAS electronic visa waiver fee.

Registration Card and Address Card

The critical information for UK citizens who are existing legal residents in Hungary, is that anyone holding a Registration Card and Address Card on Brexit Day (whenever that might occur), will be allowed to continue to hold those documents and use them as proof of legal residence for up to 3 years. Any UK citizen that has held legal residence 3 years or more, they will be allowed to transfer to a national permanent residence permit immediately after Brexit, with preferential terms. This provides lifelong equal treatment for work, residence, social security etc. If a UK citizen that has held legal residence 5 years or more, they will be allowed to transfer to an EU permanent residence permit, which also affords some rights to work in other EU member states.

Permanent residence

The preferential terms under which UK citizens would be able to apply for permanent residence are as follows: The normal requirement for non-EU/EEA citizens to prove that they have held significant savings for at least a year would not be imposed on UK citizens, neither would the requirement to prove that their being awarded permanent residence would be in the best interests of the Hungarian state.

Finally, if a UK citizen can only prove that they have applied for Hungarian residence or started the process of applying but has not yet got the required cards, they will still be allowed to continue to reside as if they had applied before the deadline. The indication here was that flexibility would be given to UK citizens in the event of any issue in the short-term after Brexit day.

Questions & Answers from the participants

Q: How would this offer of permanent residence work in a no-deal scenario?

A: It’s important to hold a registration card or residence card at the time of Brexit. The cards UK citizens hold can be retained for up to 3 years, by which time they should apply for a national settlement permit.

Q: What documentation would a person need if they travel from London to Budapest on 30th March and then return to London on 2nd April [this question was asked before the Brexit extension to 11th April was granted by the EU].

A: There are two scenarios that must be addressed here, if you hold a registration card and re-enter the EU via any border and you will be recognised as an EU resident. If you don’t hold a residence card you can travel to and from Hungary with a passport, as a non-EU tourist.

Q: I hold a valid residence card and address card, do I need to do anything now?:

A: You do not need to do anything, just wait to see what happens with Brexit

Q: My registration card shows a different address to where I currently live. I have changed my address card, do I need to change my registration card too?

A: No, so long as your address card is updated you do not need to modify your registration card.

Q: If Brexit day is delayed, can a UK citizen apply for registration as an EU citizen between 29th March and, for example, the end of June?

A: If Brexit is delayed then UK citizens would continue to be EU citizens and would retain their existing rights to apply for residence as EU citizens.

Q: I have only been resident for 1.5 years. Until I have the 3 years needed, post-Brexit, for permanent residence, what are my intra EU travel rights, post Brexit?

A: The registration card will be registered with all EU borders, so you will be allowed to prove your residence in Hungary with that card.

Q: If the UK finally does not leave the EU, is the deal on permanent residence still on offer?

A: The EU registration card is of itself valid permanently, so EU citizens do not qualify for the national permanent residence permit.

Q: I hold a green ID card, can I travel freely?

A: You will need your passport to travel within the EU but the green ID card combined with passport will allow you to travel, post-Brexit.

Q: EIHC – will this card continue to be valid in the event of a no deal Brexit?

A: According to the law passed by the Hungarian government, these cards will remain in force until 31st Dec 2020. Whether the UK government will then accept the EIHC for a UK citizen resident in Hungary, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, is not yet clear.

Q: I am a UK pensioner and I have a Hungarian social security card, funded by the UK government. Will this status remain in the event of a deal or no-deal Brexit?

A: Either way you will continue to have full access to the Hungarian state healthcare system in the same way that Hungarian pensioners have this right.

More information:

The Hungarian government published a new website about Brexit in English:

Information for British nationals and their family members

UK in Hungary (British Embassy Facebook page)


Stars of Global Mobility

(Chicago – October, 2017) — Inter Relocation’s outstanding performance was honoured at Cartus Corporation’s 2017 Global Network Conference. Cartus Global Network is Cartus’ industry-leading worldwide service provider network. Each year, Cartus recognizes the companies and individuals in the Network who have provided extraordinary service to its customers and clients worldwide.

The Relocation Oscars

Inter Relocation Receives Commitment to Excellence Gold Award

Cartus named Inter Relocation winner of the Global Network Commitment to Excellence Gold Award for its exceptional service results. This award recognizes a supplier’s measurable commitment to excellence. Global Network service providers who distinguish themselves by achieving critical performance metrics receive it. Inter Relocation has now won either a gold or platinum award at the Cartus Global Network Conference every year for the past five years. Inter Relocation was also nominated for the prestigious Cartus Masters Cup in 2016.

A proud relocation company owner

Stuart McAlister, Inter Relocation’s owner and Managing Director, collected the award on behalf of his entire team. We asked him how he felt about this latest success:

“I’m extremely proud of how the entire team consistently receives such excellent feedback. The volume of work we do for Cartus has increased significantly over the last few years and to continue to maintain such a high standard of quality across the board is challenging to say the least. We continue to analyse every aspect of our service delivery and take any less than positive feedback on board and learn from it wherever possible. Delivering such a high standard of service over many years involves a re-focusing of our efforts from time to time and we do that specifically to avoid becoming complacent. We very much hope we’ll be back to receive another award in 2018.”

About Inter Relocation
Founded in March 2002 , Inter Relocation is a provider of relocation destination services and immigration compliance in Budapest, Hungary. Established with three full-time members of staff, Inter Relocation has a current staff of 17.
In addition, in 2003 Inter Relocation founded the international side of the company. From humble beginnings with the company offering relocation services in Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Inter Relocation now boasts franchise group members in 23 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with the Budapest office acting as the group headquarters.

As we shared with you last year, Inter Relocation’s owner was once an aspiring musician; so when new Budapest-based band Tuesday Night Rodeo, contacted him to talk about corporate sponsorship, they received a friendly reception. Inter Relocation has taken the decision to continue this fruitful cooperation throughout 2017.

We talked to lead singer Terry Etheridge and Inter Relocation’s owner, Stuart McAlister about their cooperation, music and how Tuesday Night Rodeo has moved on since the last time we spoke to them.

Budapest’s Newest Expat Rock God - Tuesday Night Rodeo

Although Tuesday Night Rodeo was formed just last year, you’ve already achieved great success. Could you summarize the major milestones thus far?

Terry: Every new band wishes and hopes for airplay and a label deal, Tuesday Night Rodeo managed to secure a label deal and release within the first year, soon after RadioRock in Hungary gave us our first airplay, and to achieve daily rotation was a big wow for us!

Stuart, was it even a question for Inter Relocation to continue sponsoring the band?

Stuart: Honestly, yes. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy involves different elements and whenever we support a cultural project there must be real value in the support we give. Tuesday Night Rodeo is a great example of cross-cultural cooperation, a group of Hungarian musicians with a Brit on lead vocals and guitar, playing ostensibly American music. This is what attracted us to the project, a truly international blend of nationalities and musical backgrounds, coming together in Hungary to play yet another style of music. 

You have musical background, mostly pop and funk. Why a country-rock band?

Stuart: I’ve known Terry as well as Joey from Paddy and the Rats for several years and when I heard about this new musical direction that they were taking together, I was very excited. Country rock isn’t a genre that has featured much in my life but artists like Sting have dabbled with country music and knowing Terry the way I do, I knew that the songs they write will be a little different from what I might typically expect country rock to mean. I was not disappointed!

How exactly did this cooperation start? Sure there is a bit more insider information.

Stuart: Well, inevitably, it started in the Caledonia Pub. Terry and I had had a casual conversation about this new band project over a beer and then he contacted me formally to express that the band was looking for founder sponsors. We explored the cooperation together and it made sense for me both from a CSR and business perspective. I’ll hand over to Terry to give you his side of the story. 🙂

Terry: Indeed, it did all start over a beer, or was that two? I’d known Stuart for several years and also knew he was a fellow musician. When the idea of sponsorship came up Stuart/Inter-relocation were obvious potential partners.  Stuart’s business has been built supporting the local community and newcomers to Hungary. We chatted about the possibilities and soon realised the mutual benefits. Tuesday Night Rodeo are very proud to work in partnership with Inter Relocation.

What has changed in the band’s life since we last spoke to you? Are there any new or unique directions TNR is taking?

Terry: Joey and I have already started writing the next Tuesday Night Rodeo album. There will be focus on writing more up tempo material. Joey also just had the good fortune to record the new Paddy & The Rats album with an American producer Cameron Webb, who has produced the likes of Sum41 and Motorhead. We are already applying some of the guitar recording techniques Joey learnt to the demos for the new artist that Joey and I are managing and writing for, AGGI.  So expect the new album to be a much bigger sound.

What is the biggest success in the band’s life to date?

Terry: Obviously such a fast album release, but now we are gaining airplay abroad too. The Album has been picked up by several country radio stations in the States and in the UK.

Your YouTube channel is pretty successful. There are comments like “I’m really digging this!”, “Very unique sound and vocal style!” and “I’m impressed!” What makes the band unique?

Terry: The band members all come from very different musical backgrounds, we didn’t take a look at the ‘Rule book for writing Country songs’. We wrote what we felt would make a new fresh approach to country, and then hung on to our hats.  Being from London and living here in Budapest it seems that we can re-write the rule book, It’s almost expected. I’m not sure that would be the same for an American band.

Who are the current members of the band?

Terry: Myself, Joey & Sam from Paddy and the Rats, Stephen and our newest addition is bass-man Danny Cser who joined us just in time for the Inter Relocation birthday party back in March.

Summer is a big outdoor concert season. Where will we have the chance to see TNR?

Terry: We are still working on dates at the moment….   You will be the first to know

What’s the next big step for the band?

Terry: The next album. We plan to add songs from that in to the set early to make our live performance more “up”. There are also plans for a new video release, but again, it’s still in the planning stage.

Stuart McAlister, owner and Managing Director of Inter Relocation has been named as the new Vice-President of the European Relocation Association.

He will hold this prestigious position for two years. Then he will have served the maximum six years that EuRA board members may serve. His time with the executive group of EuRA will end.

Inter Relocation Receives Commitment to Excellence Gold Award

Stuart will assist and work closely with EuRA’s new President, Andrew Scott and the rest of the EuRA board. He hopes to helps its management team further the causes of the world’s greatest representative organisation for Destination Service Providers.

Stuart was quoted as saying “I’m delighted to have been nominated as EuRA Vice-President for the next two years. The development in this amazing organisation that I have witnessed over the last four years has been phenomenal. I hope my time as Vice-President will allow me to further the goals of making EuRA a global representative for companies in the relocation industry.”

About Inter Relocation

Founded in March 2002, Inter Relocation is a provider of relocation destination services and immigration compliance in Budapest, Hungary.

Now the company covers 23 countries and is Central and Eastern Europe’s premier provider of services to expatriates.

The company also provides comprehensive relocation service – assignment planning, preview visits, home search, move management, immigration compliance, settling in, tenancy management, departure support.

In the first installment of this guide to renting an apartment in Budapest we looked at the process of actually finding the right property and ensuring that the legal and immigration aspects have been properly covered.

Failure may cause problems at the immigration office

Now we’ll look at the terms and conditions you need to ensure are included in your lease contract:

First of all the contract must state the right of all users of the property to live there. The contract must state “and family” or mention those family members by name as users of the property. Failure to do so may cause problems later at the immigration office.

Renting an apartment in Budapest: key contract clauses

There are then key contract clauses that you should ensure are included:

1. The security deposit should be refundable and would typically be an amount of one or two months’ rent.

2. In Hungary the tenant is not expected to return the property to the landlord in the condition it was given. The law allows that normal wear and tear during a lease is acceptable and not recoverable from the security deposit. The definition of what constitutes “normal wear and tear” is quite broad, however, and disputes can easily arise when it comes to handing back the property.

Guide ti renting an apartment in Budapest

3. It’s important to have a clause which states that should anything go wrong with the property it be fixed within seven calendar days. For critical losses of service such as power, water supply, heating, etc. to be addressed within 24 hours of notification by the tenant.

4. If the tenant has relocated to Budapest for work, it’s important to add in what’s called a diplomatic clause to the contract. This allows the tenant to break the terms of the lease at one month’s notice in the event that his or her position in Hungary is terminated and they can provide proof to that end. The pain of losing your job should not be compounded by having to pay rent on a property you no longer live in.

Housing law tends to favour the tenant

The Hungarian housing law (lakástörvény) actually tends to favour the tenant, and any contract clause that contradicts the law is considered invalid. The key of course in all such contracts is to reach an agreement that ultimately avoids the need for resolution via the courts.

Finally, before moving into your new home it’s vital to document the condition of the property to avoid any misunderstandings later. Most tenants accept some small fault or imperfection when they move into a property, and to avoid being charged to fix that fault at the end of the lease it’s important to write some kind of handover protocol, and ideally to have it witnessed when both landlord and tenant sign it.

Ideally you should also take photographs of every room and specifically of anything that isn’t perfect when you move in.


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For new arrivals in Budapest, finding an apartment at the right price with the right legal conditions can be a real challenge. Read our guide to renting an apartment in Budapest.

Finding a landlord who will respect the terms of the lease agreement you’ll sign further adds to this challenge.

There are plenty of real estate agents, management companies and even English-speaking owners advertising properties for an expatriate audience. There is also an increasing number of Facebook groups for Budapest where private owners and companies alike advertise their wares. Accessing the market is not an issue.

Using many different sources to find a new home can make the search process more complex. Conversely, shopping around or renting privately direct from an owner can help make the most of a tenants budget. There are pitfalls, however.

How to rent an apartment in Budapest: prices can suddenly rise

The internet can teach you a fair market price but note that most prices quoted online assume you’ll pay cash. If you ask for an invoice you might find that the original price suddenly rises by up to 40 percent. Similar increases may happen if you mention that your lease contract will be needed for your residence permit application.

Guide to renting an apartment in Budapest

Rental income is taxable in Hungary. So if your landlord wants a cash deal or is not too keen on letting you register yourself in his home, it’s safe to assume he has something to hide from the taxman. However, you don’t encounter these landlord-related issues, there are still some potential issues when it comes to the immigration stuff.

Read part two of this guide here.

Expert guide to renting an apartment in Budapest: prove or move

One example is that at the immigration office you may be asked to provide a land registry document (tulajdonilap). This is to prove that the person you’re renting from is indeed the owner, and that there aren’t multiple owners.

Any owner has the right to throw you out into the street because they didn’t sign up to you living there.

Another example is that the apartment has not yet been registered with the state database of properties, a legal requirement before a person can be registered at that address. This is typical for new build properties.

An easy way to test this is to ask the landlord to confirm if anyone has had an address card (lakcímkártya) issued for that apartment and, if so, to show you a copy.

In the next instalment we’ll look at the key contract clauses you should always make sure you have in your lease and what power you have if the landlord isn’t doing what was agreed.


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