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Finding an apartment in US as an expat (big city)?

How difficult is it to find an apartment in the USA as an expat, and how long does it take (how early should I look for it)? In Germany, it's an immense issue, because the typical dismissal time is ...
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Is it possible to find an apartment for rent in Germany before coming there and looking for a job/contract?

When I first went to Germany for work, I was shocked by the problems I encountered with finding an apartment. My company found me a temporary accommodation before I arrived (a single room in a cellar, ...
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How do you find an apartment/property for rent in a major Swedish city?

I've heard about Sweden having a very bad availability of rental places (waiting lists that can span years). I was wondering how to find an apartment or property for rent in Sweden as a foreigner ...
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In Germany, can I register for an Anmeldung before I have found permanent accomodation?

The Anmeldung (citizen registration) is required for opening a bank account. I am currently staying at an AirBnb. I have read that landlord confirmation is required to receive an Anmeldung. I have ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

I got an offer from a Dubai-based company with a salary structure of 10000 AED/Month + Annual Air ticket in economy class + Medical Insurance + Gratuity. My question is, what is the cost of living in ...
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T2 / F2 / F3 / ... - Appartment size codes in France

When I open accommodation adverts in France (for instance Leboncoin.fr), I often see keywords I'm not familiar with: T2 / T3 F1 / F2 / F3 / ... Studio Chambre de bonne I'm quite lost in what these ...
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What is a French landlord expecting when they ask for my "contrat de travail" if I work outside of France?

I've just arrived in France, and I'm looking to rent somewhere for the few months that I'll be here. Based on the answers in Finding short term shared accomodation in France (not Paris), I've managed ...
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What are the requirements for an expat to rent a place in Sweden?

When moving to Sweden, what are the (common) requirements imposed by landlords on renting an apartment? Are any deposits required? Paperwork? I'm also wondering if the requirements are different for ...
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Accommodation in Cape Town : what about safety?

I am thinking of moving to Cape Town, in South Africa. I heard a lot of clichés about safety overall in South Africa. There is also the famous story of Pistorius that shows the fear of house robbers. ...
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Finding short term shared accomodation in France (not Paris), from abroad before you move?

For my planned upcoming move to France, to somewhere other than Paris, I'm looking to find somewhere to live. Based on advice in a few of the other questions here, I'm thinking of finding a flat share ...
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Are Singapore Permanent Resident couples eligible to buy HDB flats other than resale ones?

I am aware that a couple who are both Singapore Permanent Residents are eligible to buy a resale HDB flat in Singapore. Is this the only available option for an SPR couple, or are they eligible to buy ...
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Netherlands Renting Registration

I am looking for a studio now in Utrecht, I saw posts with (registration allowed) and some not mentioned it. What is mean by Registration ? and what are its benefits? And Is it required for bank ...
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How to rent an appartment in Germany as a fresh settler?

When I've arrived to Germany, the first thing I've need to do was to search for an appartment. What striked me, was hard for me to comprehend 'excentrity' of the landlords who required job contract (...
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Apartment viewing Tips? [closed]

Currently, I am looking for a new accommodation, I don't have much experience in renting (this is my first year in Europe), Kindly I will be appreciated if you share your experience. what should I ...
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Renting in Germany: how do I get a SCHUFA?

While looking for flats to rent I saw that someone aks for a SCHUFA. What do I need to do in that case?
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Netherlands housing rental - I might be getting scammed, how to avoid that?

I am trying to search for an accommodation now in Netherlands, I am still not move to Netherlands yet, I contact with someone but he asked me that if I want to complete the reservation I must send a ...
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How bad it is to work in Amsterdam and live in Leiden? [closed]

I will work in Amsterdam soon, and I found an accommodation in Leiden I'm worried about commuting every day How bad it is please? My home will be 10 minutes walking to the train, and then I will ...
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What are the rules to pay for rent in the netherlands

I am planing for rent an accommodation in the Netherlands for one year. What are the rules to pay? Should I pay in advance for the whole year (indeed if I had that money, I would not be working ...
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"Address in Italy" for elective residency visa

I am trying to apply for an elective residency visa for Italy. My visit to the Italian consulate yesterday was encouraging – almost all of my paperwork is in order – but one item stopped me short: The ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

I just recently got a job in the UK and I'm due to relocate to London in October. How would I go for finding some temporary accommodation to stay in for a month or two, until I find a nice and cozy ...
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How to find a long term rental apartment in Paris without paying expensive fees?

I will be studying in Paris for the next 6 months. I am trying to find a nice apartment, but the rental agencies ask me to pay 1 to 2 months of rent in advance for their services, then there is also ...
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Sequence of SSN, rental, bank account, etc, in USA to satisfy dependencies

I will soon be moving to the US on an H-1B visa. On arrival, among other things, I will need to apply for a SSN, open a bank account, and rent somewhere to live. What is the sequence in which these ...
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Which websites are useful for looking for a room in a shared flat in Germany?

I'm spanish and I'm moving for some time to Heidelberg, Germany in a few months. I'm already looking for a place to live but I don't know exactly how. I don't speak German so I'm looking for websites ...
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What is this arrangement called, and what kind of contract is used?

I am going to travel to Germany. I have heard that students there can find listings in the newspaper requesting a home mate. In this arrangement, the new person doesn't pay rent, in return for doing ...
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How to arrange housing in Spain before arrival?

My family hopes to spend our sabbatical year (ten months) in Asturias, Spain. It is a long way away from our main home, so there will not be any preliminary visit -- just showing up with our children ...
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Proof of accommodation for a 6-month job seeker visa in Germany

I have an interview for a job seeker visa to Germany for 6 months at the German embassy in India. I have to show them the proof of accommodation. Now how can I have a proof of accommodation for 6 ...
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How do the new 'Right to Rent' checks affect people wanting to rent accommodation in the UK?

Sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 require landlords to check the immigration status of their prospective tenants - and all prospective occupants over 18 - before they let out a property. ...
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Renting residence from abroad background and credit check issues

I will be traveling to Washington DC as a student for my MS degree this fall (Fall 2015), and I want to reserve residence online before I land in USA. I am from Pakistan, and I have not traveled ...
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Shared flat and Germany family reunification visa for a third-country national?

As per section 3.1.1 of this document, the living space requirement for the German family reunification visa of a third-country national is 12 sqm per person: "Without prejudice to state provisions,...
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How to find long term accomodation online in France?

I'm moving to France in a few months and I'm looking for accommodation. I'm interested either in renting an apartment or in renting a room. I am from Spain and I don't know which websites are the most ...
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What are the dangers of defecting to North Korea? [closed]

If a person seriously considers defecting to North Korea to avoid imprisonment in a Western country, what dangers or difficulties should such an individual be prepared to face? How likely is such a ...
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Process for Japanese apartment, bank account and phone contract

I'm quite confused about what the process is regarding getting settled in Japan. Once someone gets a work visa sponsored by a company, how does one get an apartment if the apartment requires a phone ...
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What does GWE stand for in rental apartment ads? [closed]

In rental apartment ads, you sometimes see the monthly rent listed with the added note of "incl. GWE" or "excl. GWE". Example: Spacious, luxury-finished and fully furnished apartment in Amsterdam ...
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How to find a place to share with other expats or students in Leiden

I am an expat in Leiden searching for accommodation. I am willing to share with other expats or students (since Leiden is a student city). What I am looking for is a room in an apartment (or house) ...
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Does IOM provide accomodation for asylum seekers in Cuba? [closed]

A friend of mine needs to get out of the country and is going to Cuba. His destination is Canada to receive asylum. He is going to run his case in IOM in Cuba. All he is worried about is how long will ...
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Rules about flat rent in Prague

I am going to move for a short period in Prague (a few months) but I currently cannot know for how long exactly. I wanted to know what are the rules about renting appartment there. In particular, is ...
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In London, what information can I get about an apartment based on location (postcode)? [closed]

I'm currently looking for an apartment in London and it occurred to me that there are websites that can provide information for tenants-to-be about a specific location or area based on postcode (or ...
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Accommodation in Auckland NZ

Under Skilled Migrant Category, NZ immigration has scheduled my interview call for PR visa for me and my family. I would like to have an idea on, how to find accomodation for me(alone) immediately ...
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Is “Wohnen auf Zeit” easier to organise from abroad than normal rental, or do landlords still insist on Schufa, work contract, and meeting the tenant? [closed]

Challenges renting a regular home from abroad There are some practical challenging facing new immigrants seeking accommodation in Germany. Some of those apply generally, some are more strongly or ...
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Does Dutch apartment electrical infrastructure support power-line communications?

Power-line communication is a family of technologies to send data around an apartment or a building over its electrical power line. Usually we're talking about Ethernet sockets which on their other ...
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How to find an apartment well in advance?

I'm looking for an apartment to rent in Germany about four months from now - that is, starting January or February - as the period of notice on the current rental agreement is three months. As it ...
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Leaving Switzerland during studies, EU citizen

Cross-post from travel.SE because I was asked to: I'm an EU citizen, and study in Zurich, Switzerland. I'm enrolled for the following semester. My housing lease is expiring and I haven't managed to ...
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Airbnb alternatives for long-term stays in London

I am moving to London from September and was thinking of using Airbnb for the first 4-6 months before finding a more permanent place. But I find Airbnb to be more suitable for vacation and not so much ...
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Starting point to find a job and place to live in Sweden while being abroad?

A good friend of mine, who lives in Switzerland, wants to leave her country and move to Sweden. The reasons for this are neither being job related, nor rooted in having a community or friends there ...
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Finding an expat relative/friendly forum for the UK

As far as I can understand, this stack is about posting questions relevant to bureaucracy issues and other technicalities. I am looking for other types of advice though. To be exact, I am looking to ...
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Moving to Russia from Germany

I (German citizen) have been accepted to a university in St Petersburg and would like to rent an apartment with my girlfriend (Russian citizen). How does this work roughly? What paperwork will be ...
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8000 AED is good offer to living in Dubai? [closed]

I got an offer from a Dubai-based company with a salary of 8000 AED/Month + Annual Air ticket and basic benefits as UAE labor low. Currently, I am working in UK base consulting firm in Mumbai and i ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

I am trying to rent studio in Netherlands now, and I saw in some posts that Minimum rental period 12 months, I don't know my job conditions, may be I have to change the city, How this point in ...
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Find accommodations in New York

I'm moving to New York in September as I won the green card lottery last year. I need to find a place to stay. I've searched some rental websites but was unable to find something good for a reasonable ...
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Long-term stay in the UK

I have been struggling to find concise answers and need to come to a decision regarding my travel. To briefly summarize my situation, I have recently been hired by a company that has offices both in ...
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