Renting in Greece is not like renting in America a few things that I have noticed.
In Greece their is no MLS, etc no centralized listing platform. Each realtor only shows you properties that their company list or that they know of personally. So while there are many available properties you only see a tiny portion of them. Since that is the case good rentals get snatched up fast. We would have an appointment to see something and it would be rented by the time we got their. We also ended up working with many realtors instead of just one. So you can see more properties and shop around. Realtors also take advantage of this so called “limited availability” because they know they will rent pretty much any property quickly because people get desperate and just settle for anythings. We had one realtor show us two properties one was awful with a view and the other ok but pricey and was like OK pick one. Just like that, and we passed on both. You can always negotiate price but realtors with a decent priority are less inclined to negotiate because they know it will rent fast and their commission is an entire months rent from BOTH the seller and the renter. Regardless on if the Landlord gave them permission to negotiate which many of them do. So you pay an extra rent to the realtor. It is also common to do a two year rental not a one year rental. Rent in Greece can be as cheap as 300 euros to 1000 euros, depending on where the property is, the size and the new factor. But you can get a fairly new 1 bedroom of a decent size and trendy location for 650 euros if you go a bit further away from the center of athens you can get a house for that price.
Another thing I found interesting is that many of the smaller units close to the center of Athens that we looked at had really interesting uses of space, and floor plans that made no sense and actually took away from the living space. Also the bedrooms are small, like can only fit a full bed small. Which is a problem because my husband and I like BIG beds. So we had to look a bit before we found one with a decent size master bedroom and even then its a tight fit.
Also in Greece the RENTER is responsible for all appliances like the oven, stovetop, refrigerator, dish washer, clothes washer and dryer but no one buys those because they use a lot of electricity and are pricey. You CAN find apartments that have those included but that is not common. We saw 30 properties and 2 included appliances.
So About those appliances, in America we are spoiled with space and sizes. Do we need an oven that can fit two chickens? Not really but every building built after the 50’s has an oven that can and IT IS amazing and convenient. The standardAmerican oven are 48 inches tall, 24 inches wide and about 36 inches deep. In Greece teeny tiny ovens like 60 cm (23 5/8 inches) tall, 60 cm wide (23 5/8 inches) and 88 cm (34 inches) deep. As someone who loves to cook the teeny tiny appliance make me feel some kind of way. Wasn’t expecting that, no dryer I can deal with every day cooking pretending I’m on Tiny Chef eh. Good thing delivery is so cheep and OMG is it good!! The fridges are also typically small but I do not mind that. In Greece you tend to grocery shop for 1 or 2 days at a time vs 1 or 2 week as in America.
Working on a few more post so stay tuned.