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When trying to rent in France, what is this "dossier" I keep hearing about, and how do I get/produce one?

I've just started researching how to rent in France, and I've found a few references to needing something called a "dossier". When I've mentioned to a someone French where I was planning to move to, ...
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What are the key factors to consider renting vs. buying real estate in Thailand?

I'm living in Thailand for several years so far (student "ED" visa). It's well-known that Thai laws are pretty much restrictive regarding non-local citizens buying out real estate in the country. E.g....
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

This is a follow-up to this question. I went to see a house and I said I wanted to rent it. The real estate agency sent me an email asking if I would accept the rental proposal (just the rent values ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

I have been searching for apartments in Rotterdam and I recently decided for one. I contacted the real estate agency and we agreed on the rental conditions, but they are asking me 350€ + VAT for ...
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Returning to the US - Mortgage Approval Considerations

I am returning to the US soon after more than 10 years abroad in the UK. I am looking to purchase a house in the US and will need a mortgage to do so. I currently own a home in the UK that will be ...
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Do real estate agents in Melbourne actively help you find a rental?

I'm from Amsterdam and here it's very common for expats to get active assistance from real estate agents who will select rental properties based on your requirements/preferences and then take you for ...
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Rentals to "expats only" in Copenhagen Denmark

Many apartments in Copenhagen say "expat only". Yet the lease term appears as 1-2 years, which seems to be a standard length lease, also on many of the unrestricted apartments. Does anyone know why ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

My Swiss girlfriend is looking for housing in Paris for a 6 months internship. Many housing agencies she spoke to refuse to accept her Swiss parents as guarantors, despite their salary being ...
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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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Can I apply for a German registration certificate [Meldeschein] as a resident of a flat-share?

I'm a U.S. software developer looking to re-locate to Berlin. I will be seeking a limited residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) which requires a local registration (Meldeschein.) I understand that ...
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Cheap apartments in Luxembourg

I've been offered a position in Luxembourg (University) for one year and I'm in the process to find a house there. I've surfed from site to site and the prices for just one room in a shared apartment ...
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How to get VVE (Vereniging van Eigenaars/Homeowner association) contact details in Holland?

I have bought a flat in Rotterdam. I have dealt with getting energy suppliers and other required stuff. When I was signing the contract notary told me that I will be contacted by VVE (Vereniging van ...
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How can I rent my first home in Ireland?

I'm an EU citizen, so as far as I know I can relocate and apply for job in Ireland without needing a permit. I have read a few places that in order to rent a home in Ireland, you need a reference ...
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Capital gains on US property while living abroad

I'm a US citizen considering a move abroad, and feel like I'm seeing conflicting things about the tax treatment of capital gains. We're not sure the move would be permanent, so might not sell our ...
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Planning to rent my fully paid house for periods of 1-max 2 years. Any issue with it?

I own a fully paid house in NL (no mortgage). I would like to rent it for periods of 1 or max 2 years, every few years, and then go back living in it, once the rental contracts end. I've heard that ...
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Am I a permanent resident?

I moved to the UK in 2008 from mainland Europe. I have been working ever since, first as an employee, then self-employed since June 2010. I had a baby in 2011, went on maternity leave, claimed ...
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How to remotely pay property tax in Netherlands?

I am Lithuanian citizen that lives in UK, I have bought a flat in Holland, and there is possibility that I will be leaving the country for some time to SE Asia, so I was planning on renting it out. I ...
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Is it possible to rent an apartment in Denmark without a CPR number?

Do you always need a Danish CPR number in order to rent an apartment in Denmark? Is it possible to finalise a rental agreement from abroad, i.e. when you do not yet have a CPR number?
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What are the bombshelters for in Singapore? [closed]

I noticed that all condos have bunkers in Singapore. It's apparantly also a building regulation to have a bunker in newly build condos. I'm just unsure what the incentive was to create this regulation ...
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How do I find a non-vacation house to rent in Puerto Rico?

I'm considering taking some time (6-12 months, probably) to live and work in Puerto Rico (or perhaps Peru, Costa Rica, or Columbia), and one thing I'm having a hard time researching is a rental home ...
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Painting cost and Mietausfall after leaving the apartment

After moving out of the previous apartment, the landlord wants to deduct from the deposit 1400 for painting and 700 for Mietausfall. The apartment is 3 rooms, 70 square meters, the rent was 1400 per ...
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Is it possible to apply an apartment from boligforening in Denmark before arriving in the country?

Has anyone had the experience of renting an apartment from a housing association (boligforening) in Denmark? It seems from my research that it may take years to get an apartment, although I also read ...
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Is it possible to rent housing in the Netherlands as an international student (EU) without going there beforehand?

In order to apply for accommodation, I have read that (which may not be completely true) this sequence of actions should be taken: Register with an RNI municipality in the Netherlands Receive a BSN ...
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What is this white tube above the window in my apartment letting in cold air?

I recently moved to Berlin, Germany and I have this white tube above the window in my apartment. There an opening at the top of it where cold air comes out of. On the right it says "midi". What is it,...
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Renting an apartment in Austria: what is a "double broker"?

The rental agreement for an apartment I would like to rent in Vienna, Austria mentions that the agent acting for the landlord is a "double broker": Weiters ist festzuhalten, dass das ...
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Pet friendly housing in Thailand? [closed]

I plan to live in Thailand and am considering bringing my two indoor cats. I've researched paper work, shipping, etc. but I have not been able to find much information on pet friendly housing. What ...
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Is pensioner immigrant from EEA eligible for Housing Benefit in the UK?

If someone gets state pension from an EEA country (Hungary) and they move to the UK (Glasgow, Scotland), are they eligible for Housing Benefit? My mother is considering moving here, but I haven't ...
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US forum/site with opinions on suburbs

Is there some US site where I could read peoples opinions about suburbs/towns? I've used Trulia neighborhood info to get some useful statistics, but it's very impersonal and only measures handful of ...
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Job hunting in Netherlands for a foreigner (while abroad)

I am a UK citizen but have been living in Asia for awhile. Recently I wanted to relocate back to EU for an mechanical engineering career, and Netherlands is one of the place that I am considering. I ...
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Am I responsible for paying the full rent right away before actually viewing the apartment?

I am an international student moving to the UK very soon. I just signed a contract with an apartment (APT1), which requires me to complete the entire payment (for 51 weeks). The date I signed the ...
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Medium-/long-term housing in Warsaw [closed]

I've been offered a job in Poland (Warsaw) and I have some questions before I accept it. I've been offered roughly 4,000 PLN per month + health insurance. Is this enough to have a confortable life in ...
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Should I sign my emails as "Dr" or "PhD" when looking for an apartment?

I'm moving to Zurich in a couple of months. I'm wondering if I should sign my emails with "Dr" or "PhD" (I have one) when I inquire for apartments? I would never do this in my own country as I find ...
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How to Buy an Apartment in Germany living on the blue card [closed]

I would like to buy an apartment in Germany, and I live on the blue card. How can I do it? If not possible now, when will it be? What is the procedure?
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Moving to Germany

Hello everyone I would like help from someone who has had the same situation. I'm Lebanese and my wife is British. We live in Dubai. My wife got a job in Germany. As a Lebanese citizen, I need a ...
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Housing in Amsterdam [closed]

This question is about semi-permanent housing in Amsterdam (no hotels, hostels, guest rooms, etc). What are the local resources for finding housing in Amsterdam? (websites, lists, groups, agencies?) ...
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What is a fast way to get a cheap apartment in Stockholm, Sweden?

It is generally really hard to get an apartment in Berlin, but there is one service that makes it convenient called “Housing Anywhere”. You can book affordable rooms online. They’re usually an ...
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Which are good affordable localities to stay for someone working in Coolsingel Rotterdam?

Based on an offer from a company in Coolsingel, Rotterdam I will be moving to Rotterdam for long term stay in a months time. Kindly suggest good localities around Coolsingel based on below ...
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How to safely apartment hunt remotely in the US?

I'm in the US and relocating across the country for work. I am not able to go to the new location to see apartments in person nor does my employer offer any relocation assistance. In this situation, ...
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Recommended neighborhood for young U.S. couple moving to Stockholm? [closed]

My wife and I will be moving to Stockholm for my job in May. We're currently working with a relocation firm to procure housing (likely small - i.e., 1BR apartment). For a young couple (i.e., 30) with ...
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Having 2 addresses in Germany

I'm renting a room in a WG but for various reasons I will be moving into a room in a different WG next month, without cancelling the first contract. So for a few months, until I manage to cancel the ...
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Family and CAF allowances in Lyon as a post-doctoral fellow

I am going to Lyon in September with my (dependent) wife. I will join as a post-doctoral fellow in ENS-Lyon with salary more than 2000 Euro. I have chosen an accommodation that is eligible to receive ...
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Must have bought or leased before applying for entry? [closed]

I'm tagging this Spain, but I suspect they're not the only country doing this. Three-page info sheet on visa application for long-stay includes: Only applications IN PERSON are accepted … … ...
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Housing in South Korea

How do I get housing in South Korea outside of the military and teaching English? I would prefer to rent a house, as I am not fond of apartments, but would be willing to consider an apartment as long ...
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Rental contract concerns?

I am about to rent house in the Netherlands and I'd like to take your opinions about some rules in the contract or may be you face this in your contract and I should take care of it. Maintenance: ...
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How much does it cost to repair a water damaged floor of bathroom in Germany?

I don't know whether it's right place to ask this question, but I'm in trouble to find an advise anywhere. Recently I have moved to Germany for work reason and I rented an apartment in Wuppertal. ...
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What order should I do things in to move?

My situation: I am 31 years old. I live in the UK and have been a software developer for 5 years (but only 1 year in a really challenging, full stack position). I own a house. I have a fair amount of ...
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