Frequently asked questions about properties for rent

Price

The listed price of a property by brokers and websites serves as an indication. In Kiev there is not a consistent standard of apartments for rent long term used by brokers which enables one to compare apples with apples.

- In many cases a Kiev real estate tax applies (around 20%) that will increase the monthly payment. Some brokers include this tax but major don’t. 20% makes a substantial difference. In other cases only a 5% tax applies. This all makes it very difficult and unreliable to compare the prices of properties for rent.

- Sometimes landlords include the utilities into rental price of luxury apartments in Kiev but more often they do not. This is clearly a point for negotiations

- Parking (especially underground) often comes on top of the price of apartments in Kiev but can also be negotiated in the price

- Furniture: adding furniture or removing furniture often has its effect on the final negotiated price. 

Renting

Taxes: the way the parties agree on the lease agreement determines the applicable tax rate and which party is the tax agent. For diplomatic missions other rules apply.

Legal: most companies have lawyers involved in negotiating the terms and conditions in the lease agreements and checking the validity of the ownership documents. It is advisable to work with lawyers but a substantial amount of lease are negotiated without the assistance of lawyers. A rent codex in the Ukrainian law is quite extensive and arranges many issues between tenants and landlords.

Lease agreement: lease agreement templates are issued by the company/organization/embassy. In case there is no such template we can provide our standard lease agreement.

Cancellation: in Kiev the standard for cancellation by the tenant is 1 to 3 month notice while for landlords the right to cancel the lease agreement is only possible when the tenant is in material breach of the lease agreement. 

Ongoing issues

Furniture

Kiev apartments for rent / houses for rent come un/party/fully-furnished. Unfurnished implies that the kitchen and bathroom are always provided with appliances (including the washing machine). In unfurnished properties one can still find curtains and blinds. Partly furnished implies that basic furniture is provided.

Storing furniture is a problem as there are no good options available on the market. Buying furniture for a large space is rather expensive as there is not mid range furniture available. It is either high-end imported or relatively poor local supply.  

Utilities

Compared to Western Europe the costs for utilities in Kiev are low (subject to change). In the monthly cost overview there is a part (for electricity, water, etc.) to be paid by the tenant and part by the landlord (kvartplata). Often tenants wish to have the cost for utility build in the rental price of Kiev apartments. Most landlords accept this but limit their exposure with a fixed monthly amount. 

Parking

Street/secured/underground. In Kiev street parking is a good option. Often the center gets emptier with cars in the evening and there is ample space to park. It is also safe. Another option can be a secured parking like behind an access control system or security guard. The best option is the underground parking since in the winter one does not to bother about removing snow. 

Maintenance

Most landlords have a network of handymen to fix technical problems or assist in hanging paintings etc. It is worth preparing a list of adjustments in the apartment (mosquito nets, hooks, etc) before moving into the property. Landlords tend to be more flexible in the initial stages. 

Support staff

For cleaning staff/drivers/nannies with recommendations we refer to www.iwck.org (International Women’s Club Kyiv).

Look & See visit

S1 properties has developed an interesting and customized program for an orientation visit for expatriate staff and their families that are in the process of moving to Kiev apartments. During this visit the client gets a good insight into living in Kiev and therefore the program serves perfect as a retention tool!

The program covers many general aspects of living in Kiev but leaves space for specific wishes of the client. Prior to the look & see visit we issue a Pre-Arrival Questionnaire in which the client can outline specific areas of interest. 

We offer:

  • Tailor made tours based on client’s interest
  • Duration: from 3 hours to 2 days
  • Areas covered: schools, health facilities, shopping, recreation, living areas (example accommodation), main tourist sights
  • Tour guides knowledgeable of issues faced by foreigners settling in Kiev
  • Transport with seatbelts provided

The Look & See visit program has been developed in close cooperation with our corporate clients and is often requested and well received.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail!

Daily Rent Apartments

Kiev real estate agency S1 Properties offers their corporate clients a selected range of serviced apartments in downtown Kiev

It applies to those who:

  • Newly arrive to Kiev and will be in the process of looking for a permanent place to live
  • Regularly come to Kiev for a period of 3-7 days
  • Visit Kiev on short-term assignments (1 to 3 month)

Our daily apartments in Kiev apartments come in various sizes and price range: from a studio to apartments with 3 bedrooms. In that way they can accommodate a single person as well as a family.

Apartments are fully furnished and equipped. Internet usage is at extra cost. Professional cleaning services make sure that apartments are clean to make our clients feel comfortable.

We offer our corporate clients the option to pay by bank transfer for official payments.

If you are interested in booking one of our daily rent apartments in Kiev, we prefer to know about your plans one week in advance. However even at short notice we can provide you with a list of apartment options in your budget range to choose from.

Please contact the S1 team for booking and further information!