Finding rental properties in the Czech Republic is not that easy due to the issue of rent control. Many apartments are never advertised through websites or in newspapers but are rather given to family members or friends.
The apartments that can be found on the Internet are likely not rent controlled. They often don’t provide any surprises concerning their condition. There are lots of websites covering rentals in Prague but only a few of them deal with other regions of the Czech Republic as well.
Check specifically what is included
The Czech way of describing properties can initially be confusing and a good rule to remember is that nothing is included unless specifically detailed. In most countries an advertisement for a two room flat means a flat with two bedrooms and most likely a kitchen and a bathroom. In the Czech Republic a two room flat will probably be a flat with two rooms (i.e. a bedroom and a toilet or a bedroom and a kitchen).
Czech flat descriptions
There are specific flat descriptions in the country.
- 1+1 – this describes a flat with one bedroom and one other room (kitchen or toilet). A bathroom does not necessarily have to be included.
- 1+kk – it also describes one bedroom flat and “kk” stands for a miniature kitchen which usually is not more than a hot plate and a sink.
- 1+0 – this may be used as a synonym for 1+kk. But most of the time it describes one room only with no kitchen or bathroom whatsoever.
- 2+1 (3+1, 4+1 …) – this is a flat with two rooms and a kitchen (or three or four rooms respectively). A bathroom is normally included.
Although the terms are used universally, they do not always mean the same thing, so it is risky to rent a place without seeing it. It is wise to make sure that you are very specific when asking what is actually included.