Let’s say you have already decided you want to rent a flat, but you’d like to share the rent with someone. If you have willing friends, any acquaintances or recommendations, it will go smoothly. But let’s be honest, this is often a difficult task when you are new to Prague. So you are in a situation where you do not know anyone, but you still want to live in decent conditions with someone nice who will help you get used to Prague.
Although the rent is usually divided equally among roommates, there must always be someone who is in charge. The administration of the rent is not demanding at all, but it still requires some attention – someone has to collect the money and then pay monthly to the landlord. Someone also has to pay a deposit at the beginning, energy payments also cost something and most importantly, someone has to be responsible for the whole apartment. If something happens, and it can be right away, the tenant who has signed the contract with the landlord will be responsible for everything. So better think twice if you want to be the one doing it.
If you decide to take the path of responsibility, you will have to find someone who is renting an apartment, make a deposit and have funds for regular payments of rent, energy and internet connection and find a roommate.You will also be responsible for the apartment and if there is a problem, you will have to solve it. And what if your roommate somehow damages the apartment? Even then you are responsible! It is your responsibility to choose the right people, so choose carefully!
Despite all that, being the administrator of the apartment has one main advantage – you decide who you will live with and you have the right to expel a potential problematic roommate. However, if you are new to Prague, it will probably be a better choice to move in to someone, because you will not have to solve the fundamental problem of finding people, which you would otherwise have to solve. And that’s difficult if you do not know anyone (but not impossible, we will talk more about it).