Luxembourg is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe and, at the same time, one of the most expensive ones. Mainly, real estate is quite expensive as it is a limited commodity.
If you are serious about living there, here is how to rent a room in Luxembourg and avoid some common pitfalls to get a nice place to live.
1. “Sign hunting” doesn’t exist in Luxembourg
This might work in other places in the world, but not in Luxembourg. Instead, most rooms for rent are displayed online. So, instead of driving around and looking for “room for rent” signs, start searching online.
Other than online real estate agencies, rooms for rent can also be found in the local newspapers.
Last but not least, look for Facebook groups of expats living in the Grand Duchy. Often they can help you find your way around, and they point you in the right direction. They can help you find a great rental agency, available rooms to rent, and good neighborhoods.
2. Sub-letting is forbidden in Luxembourg
There is no actual law that forbids sub-letting in Luxembourg, but no landlord will allow you to do so. That’s because if some of them decide to leave, the other might not be able to afford the rent. Even if it is a single room with two beds, the landlord will want to know whether there will be another person to occupy the bed.
3. Renting a room is like going on a job interview
The thing is rooms are hard to come by in this part of the world, and landlords get to choose who rents their rooms, apartments, houses, or other real estates. The demand is so big that they hand-pick their tenants. They will judge you on how you behave, how solvent you are in terms of income, and, most important, the term of your rental contract. As a general rule, the longer your term, the greater your chances of renting the place.
4. Tenant rights in Luxembourg
Yes, the landlords can be quite demanding, but at the same time, the tenant is well protected by tenant law in Luxembourg. It is not easy for a tenant to be evicted by a landlord. In case the landlord wants to evict you, he or she needs to be obligated to give you a long notice time and even pay the penalty.
5. The rental contract is super important
Your rental contracts must include all terms of tenancy, full rental cost, and any other additional expenses. The rental agreement also needs to contain stuff like all of your landlord’s responsibilities, as well as yours like a tenant.
If you don’t speak Luxembourgish, French, or German, the local languages, it is advisable to hire a translator.
Also, keep in mind that before signing the rental contract, you might be asked to provide a copy of your passport, proof of income, permission to work in Luxembourg, or employment contract.