Rents in Greece, although naturally higher in the capital city, are nonetheless very reasonable in comparison with other European cities. Estate Agents can certainly help you in your search but word-of-mouth shouldn’t be neglected: Greek people are generally extremely welcoming and keen to help foreigners so letting those you may meet in tavernas, cafés, bars or shops that you’re on the lookout for a place to rent could produce interesting results. Note that when Greeks inherit property their first instinct is not necessarily to sell it off and will often b eager to rent out their space. to have people have inherited extra houses surplus to the one they are living in.
One option could also be to rent a holiday property off season. Such properties generally belong to non-Greeks however so you’ll be paying more that you would if renting from a local. Renting per week is of course more expensive, typically 300 euros per week for a two-bedroom apartment in the low season (about half what you’d pay in the night season). Many hotels and hostels offer discount rates for long stays during the low season, high season rates are too much for most people’s budget.
Standards vary considerably, from dilapidated, ill-equipped apartments to luxury villas with every modern convenience. Always check whether a property is fully equipped (which should mean whatever you want it to mean) and whether it has central heating if you’re planning to rent in winter. Rentals can be found by contacting owners advertising in publications and through agents in most areas, many of whom also handle rentals.
How much you’ll pay for rent will naturally vary depending on the area. A one-bedroom flat in Athens can range from between 150 euros to 600 euros per month. The northern and southern suburbs of Athens are expensive; the western suburbs are better value. Towards the port of Piraeus rents become cheaper too. Although a busy port the north side of Piraeus on the way to Athens offers some very pleasant areas such as Keratsini, Perama, Korydallos, Agia Varvara, Aegaleo, Kato Patisia, Moshato, Kalithea or Nea Smyrni. Generally speaking flats the most usual form of rental accommodation. Houses for rent are in short supply and so likely to be very costly. Normally you will need to give a deposit equivalent to one month’s rent plus pay the first month in advance.
The following databases will be of help in finding a place: