If you are planning to retire to Romania or simply relocate/move here for a longer period of time, you will need to rent an apartment or house – or maybe even buy one if you’re sure you’re staying here long term.
Today, I will share with you the most popular websites in Romania for renting or buying property. These should be the first ones to visit, as they will feature the most complete list of properties available, no matter what city you’re interested in.
You should visit a website instead of going to an agency for two main reasons:
- All (or most) agencies list their properties on these websites
- Agencies don’t work together and don’t share properties, so if you only choose one, you might miss out on some amazing deals.
When hunting for properties in Romania, there’s a caveat I have to mention. The best websites with apartments and houses for sale / rent are in Romanian language only.
Those that are translated in English will be higher priced as they’re directly aimed at foreigners (who are considered to be able to pay more than locals).
There are more things that I will address in today’s article, but for starters, let’s just head over and check out the best websites in Romania for long term rentals or for buying properties.
Here are the best websites for finding rentals in Romania
These are, in my opinion, the best websites for finding a good property for rent (or for sale) in the country. I recommend visiting them all, since some websites feature exclusive deals.
Please have in mind that we’re talking about long term rentals in Romania (6+ months, usually a year-long contract) even though some of the people listing their properties here might also agree with renting shorter term, but with higher prices:
This is the best rental property website in Romania in my opinion and probably the largest in the country in terms of the actual number of listings.
Easy to use and with lots of options to customize your search, it’s a great website to visit and the first stop for everybody looking into renting or buying in Romania.
I’d go as far as saying that simply checking this website alone might be enough for you to find what you’re looking for.
This one is dedicated exclusively to renting and selling houses/apartments and is usually featuring ads from agencies throughout the country.
A big bonus offered by this site is that it offers exclusive deals which are not available on other websites. So definitely check it out during your search.
This is actually the website where we found our apartment in Constanta – it was one of those exclusive deals. Since it wasn’t posted everywhere else, there was a bit less competition and we managed to get it.
I read recently that this was considered the most visited websites by those interested in renting or buying. I personally think that it lacks a bit when it comes to customizing your searches, but there are indeed many listings, so it’s worth checking out.
Just like Publi24, OLX is a sort of a Craiglist here in Romania, with all sort of listings, including homes and apartments for rent.
This one is easier to navigate and it’s really nice to use (it’s one of my favorites). The main reason why it doesn’t rank higher is that this website owns my first recommendation – Storia, which usually features all the listings on OLX.
But if you want to go straight here and maybe see one of the few offers that are not cross-posted on Storia, you can definitely do so.
A smaller website where you can find properties for rent or sale, with a nice option to search for apartments our houses in newly built residential areas.
These places are usually extremely modern and nice, but as a downside they’re usually farther away from the city center (and more expensive). Pay extra care if you choose one of these, as they might not have all the infrastructure ready!
All the websites listed above allow you to search for properties to rent long term in Romania (or search for properties on sale).
If the Romanian language is not your main strength, you can always use Google Translate here and translate them in your preferred language.
You simply paste the URL (from your browser’s top bar) into Google Translate (“Websites” tab) and click the arrow. In the new window, choose whatever language you prefer and the whole website will be translated.
It won’t be a perfect translation, but enough for you to be able to navigate the websites and understand most of the text.
Finally, I recommend choosing a listing that is posted by an agency, even though it is usually more expenses (since you have to pay part of the agent’s fee). But if this is your first time in Romania, it’s best to choose this route to ensure that everything is OK, especially with the contract.
Also make sure that the contract itself is translated in English (and authenticated by a notary). You will need it for a residence permit, for example, or as a proof of address during your stay here.
How much does it cost to rent a house or apartment in Romania?
Renting a house or apartment in Romania ranges greatly, from as low as €250 per month for studios and 1-bedroom apartments, to €1,500+ for houses or larger apartments with luxury touches.
Overall, I would say that around €500 per month should be more than enough for a single person or couple, even a small family who’s ready to live in a 1-bedroom apartment.
We’re talking about long term rentals here – which usually means at least 12 months. These are cheaper that short term loans from sites like AirBnb.
Prices have gone up a bit in recent times, but you can still find very cheap properties for rent – usually apartments, as houses are more expensive.
For example, I performed a search on Storia for 1-bedroom apartments in Bucharest, priced between 250 – 300 Euros per month and there are a ton of results: 1,309 at the moment of writing.
It’s true, these are generally relatively basic (but still most of them fully furnished) and towards the outskirts of the city, but the point is that you can still find great deals here.
When it comes to renting a house, I performed a search on Storia and we only have 30 properties under €500. So it’s definitely a lot cheaper to find an apartment than a house – and that goes for all cities, not just the Capital.
Rent is still usually cheaper in Romania than in most other European countries – the larger cities like Cluj, Bucharest, Timisoara and so on are generally more expensive, while smaller cities can surprise you with some amazing deals.
IMPORTANT: In Romania, people are usually counting the number of rooms an apartment or house has, and not number of bedrooms (so the living room is counted as well).
As a result, a 3 room apartment would be one with 2 bedrooms and 1 living room. A 2 room apartment would be a 1-bedroom. Have this in mind when searching for your next home.
Other things to know about renting or buying property in Romania
I want to go through some really important things that you should have in mind when renting in Romania – especially long term rentals, but also if you’re interested in buying.
The first and most important thing is that you need a contract. I’ve already mentioned this, but I want to repeat it as it is extremely important for foreigners.
You’ll be surprised to find out that many owners prefer to go through the risks of renting without a contract because this way they avoid paying taxes.
However, this is not something you could do even if you wanted to: since you’re not a Romanian citizen, you will need to get your resident permit no matter what country you come from (for stays over 90 days), and for that you will need the rental contract.
Next, make sure that you thoroughly inspect the place and ask questions about everything that’s available and anticipated costs.
Take photos of everything before moving in and have the owner sign the photos or a piece of paper saying that this is how the apartment looks like when you move in. Do this especially if there are broken things or stuff that’s not working.
Ideally, you should talk to a neighbor too: find an older person living in the same building and they will love to tell you all the good and bad things about the flat, its owner, the building itself and the surrounding area.
The only problem here is that they will probably not speak English, but if you can start a conversation with them, you will find the best and most complete info about your place.
Finally, expect to have to sign a long term contract (usually 12 months) with one month paid in advance or with a one-two month deposit.
If you’re doing this through an agent, there will be a fee involved which will vary depending on the type of property, but it will usually be 50% of one month’s rent (while the owner pays the other half).
In most cases, utilities and other costs are NOT included in the price, so expect to pay everything else extra, from cable and internet to electricity, as well as what is called “Intretinere” (maintenance) which includes garbage collection, sometimes heating, water and minimal costs for the building’s upkeep.
Can foreigners rent property in Romania?
Yes, foreigners can rent property in Romania, no matter if they are EU or non-EU citizens. Foreigners actually need to rent a property in order to be able to apply to get a residence permit that would allow them to live longer than 90 days in the country.
This would be everything that you should know, in my opinion, about renting or buying property in Romania – especially what are the best real estate websites in the country. If you have any extra questions, don’t hesitate to let me know by commenting below!