The majority of people live in the south of the country, known as the Gutland. In this region, 25 percent of the people (including most expats) live in Luxembourg or the surrounding area. The center of the city is the most expensive, with prices receding the farther you go toward the suburbs. With the excellent transportation options and small distances to be traveled, commuting is a popular option.
Most apartments are unfurnished, though furnished places may be available for an additional monthly rent. Places usually come with a cellar for storage. Places often have a communal laundry room (blanchisserie) with a spot for your washing machine and dryer. Outside of the city, it is common to have a garage or parking space. Within the city, it is possible to obtain a vignette (sticker) which allows you to park for free in the area you live. Check with the Biergercenter for availability.
Online listings can give you a great feel for the market and allow you to determine if a place fits your specifications. Accommodation agencies are called immobilieres and offer rental listings under louer or location. You may have to visit the agent's website or contact their office to learn the exact address.
Expat classifieds are another useful resource. Check for the area and type of place you are looking for.
Papers offer local listings as well as realtor advertisements. Some newspaper only offer listings on a specific day (i.e. Sunday) so check before purchase.
Many places have boards in which people advertise goods and services. Laundrettes, cafes, churches, grocery stores, community centers, and bars all might have private ads. Some places cater to expats and these are often the best places to look. You can also post a wanted ad specifying what you are looking for.
An estate agent (agencies immobilieres)can be a useful resource for finding the right place quickly. Many properties list their property directly with a realtor so they can help to make a quick match. An agent will provide you with a description of available properties, escort you to viewings, make sure your contract complies with expected standards. For this service, the price is usually the equivalent of at least one-month's rent, plus 15 percent VAT.
If you have been relocated by your company, there is usually an agent employed by your company to help facilitate the move. At the least, the company can usually recommend an agent. Co-workers are also an excellent source of information and recommendations.
Contracts must be in writing. If the owner does not want to write out an agreement- insist. This is a vital step to protect yourself. If you are not completely comfortable with the language the contract is in, ask for a translation or have a fluent advisor look it over. A real estate agent would be useful in this situation.
Rental contracts in Luxembourg are usually for one, two or three years.
You will usually need to provide:
Vague "charges" are often accessed along with the rent of an apartment. Common charges are weekly or monthly cleaning duties if the building has no concierge or superintendent to take care of common areas.
Most apartments charge each apartment a flat fee for the use of heating and hot water and this fee is paid with the monthly rent. At the end of the year, use of the facilities is tallied and you may receive a rebate or be charged extra. These charges can change yearly therefore they're advertised separately to the rent.
Common charges typically add 10 to 20 per cent to the base rent. After moving out, it is common practice for the landlord to retain the damage deposit until the last of the common charges have been settled. This can take up to a year.
House rules are a usually formulated by the local commune and be enforceable by law. A copy of the house rules should be available upon moving in. It is also possible to request to see the rules before signing the contract to make sure you can abide.
The specific terms of the lease are written into the contract, but there are some fairly common standards. It is required to give at least three months's written notice to break or terminate a lease. However, it may be possible to leave earlier with a diplomatic clause. The move must be related to your employment.
Tenet rights are rigidly protected. Evicting a tenant is a difficult process that can take months or even years.