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Netherlands housing rental - I might be getting scammed, how to avoid that?

It's 99% certainly a scam. The exact same thing happened to me twice when I was in your position, including the passport scan. Guy said he was working in the UK and wanted to rent out his apartment, ...
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What are the dangers of defecting to North Korea?

Scratch of an answer: how likely are they to be subsequently imprisoned and tortured or executed for a very petty crime A number of cases like the execution of a terrapine factory manager for ...
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Renting in Germany: how do I get a SCHUFA?

As a prospective tenant, the landlord is expecting you to obtain a credit report, through the German credit bureau, SCHUFA.
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Apartment viewing Tips?

Let's start with the "bad experiences" part of your question: This might be trivial for some, but: Never ever pay any money before you've physically seen the apartment. There are quite a few rent ...
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Sequence of SSN, rental, bank account, etc, in USA to satisfy dependencies

Answering, having found much of this out by trial and error... this is based on my own experience in Washington state, and YMMV. First, apply for a SSN as early as possible. This requires an address, ...
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Netherlands Renting Registration

This means the rental is potentially legit. Some people illegally sublet apartments, which means the intermediate remains registered at the address and will not permit the tenant to register. If the ...
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Find accommodations in New York

You're going about it backwards. You need to find a place to work and then look for a place to live. You could probably start by looking at the job sites like Monster, Hotjobs, Stackoverflow Jobs, ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

In the randstad (the most populous part of the country), most properties will be rented out within days of being put on the market (certainly if you are talking about small-to-medium size, affordable ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

Finding a new tenant is a time-consuming procedure, with the risk of the gap where you get no money but still have costs. It's obvious the landlords are interested in finding long-term tenant rather ...
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How to find long term accomodation online in France?

One thing to be aware of is that there are two main legal frameworks for long term rental in France : 'meublé' (furnished) or 'vide' (empty). A 'meublé' will include all furniture (bed, chairs, table, ...
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How bad it is to work in Amsterdam and live in Leiden?

The train is more like 35 min and you can shave off 5 min from the total by having a bike and leaving it at the station in Leiden. That's what most locals would do in your situation. The trains can be ...
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Shared flat and Germany family reunification visa for a third-country national?

Here's a more detailed answer to my own question based on the experience I had. As soon as a few weeks after the spouse applies for a Family Reunification visa through the German embassy, the one ...
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Long-term stay in the UK

Some answers: If I apply for a long term visitor visa (2/5/10 year), must I leave every 6 months? As a US citizen, such a visa is of no use to you. You can enter the UK as a visitor without a ...
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Rules about flat rent in Prague

Yes, a fixed term rental contract can't be freely broken early. Rentals are governed by the Czech Civil Code and terminations are addressed by § 2285 and following (in Czech). There are two kinds of ...
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What does GWE stand for in rental apartment ads?

I'm pretty sure it's: G - gas W - water E - electricity which are some of the most common bills for utilities. (thanks @audionuma for guessing water :-) ...)
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In London, what information can I get about an apartment based on location (postcode)?

Some websites that contain useful information and have a postcode-based search: Crystal Roof - research tool with postcode granularity. Demographics, affluence, crime, noise, flooding, etc presented ...
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What are the rules to pay for rent in the netherlands

The contract would usually specify that but I have never heard of any other arrangement than monthly payment. Before moving in, you pay the deposit (one month rent is typical, possibly more if you ...
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Commission vs Guarantee

One month rent as a fee (vergoeding, bemiddelingskosten or huurkosten) for a place advertised by an agency is pretty standard (can be a lower set fee for cheap accommodation, I don't recall seeing ...
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How to arrange housing in Spain before arrival?

August is the worst month to find anything for rent in Spain. The rentals' prices are much higher at that time in tourist zones like Asturias. I would look at online sites like idealista.com . If ...
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Find accommodations in New York

A good place to start is Craig's List and look for a roommate. The roommate page is here, but there are other options on this website also. While Craig's List is a decent place to find a place to ...
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How to find an apartment well in advance?

Unfortunately, there is no really easy way out. Most appartments offered on these sites are only offered after the previous tenant has declared they are terminating the contract. So if they terminate ...
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Renting in Germany: how do I get a SCHUFA?

It’s been a while (five years, to be exact) since I last applied for a flat. However, in my limited experience it is not you who provides the Schufa exerpt. Rather, you sign a slip giving the landlord ...
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Apartment viewing Tips?

That is a quite subjective question, so here is my the quite subjective answer. I would look to: Price including agent fees and deposit Neighbourhood: infrastructure, criminal situation, recreation ...
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Process for Japanese apartment, bank account and phone contract

Yes it is a Catch-22 but the key is that the phone number doesn't have to be yours. It's been a few years since I did it now, but this is the order I think will be most effective. Get a contact ...
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Does Dutch apartment electrical infrastructure support power-line communications?

Yes, you use them without any problem. Some of them want an earthed/grounded plug to reach maximum speed, but without that they still work (though slower). As for personal experience: I used a ...
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Shared flat and Germany family reunification visa for a third-country national?

It's pretty clear from the wording that a shared flat is allowed. If you've got a 24m² room in a shared flat, you've got 12m² each plus the space in any shared living room. I would definitely try ...
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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?

Please find here the blog article on the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung - the paper you need for the Anmeldung in Berlin https://crocodilian.de/ba36 You have linked to the German version above :-)
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Which are good affordable localities to stay for someone working in Coolsingel Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a safe, expat-friendly city and you can find affordable housing within the city itself. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Netherlands or not, but in urban areas, you are never ...
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Accommodation Proof, Germany Work Visa

While Mark is right that as per guidelines you are not required to present accommodation proof in the embassy. Still, we don't want to take chances. So what I did. I did Six bookings from booking.com, ...
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