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Accommodation in Crete
Short Term Lets - Long Term Lets
There is a good deal of choice for short and long term rental accommodation in Crete, both furnished and unfurnished.
Generally speaking, long term rentals tend to be unfurnished and advertised locally, although some furnished
accomodation is becoming available for long term rent as more foreigners are buying property and renting out long
term, often advertising on the internet.
If you are thinking of living in Crete you may already have an idea of which area you will choose to live. However, you
may only have visited in the summer months, and you may well find that an attractive village near a small resort, but far
from town, becomes much less attractive in the winter months when everything in the nearby resort is closed down.
If you are seeking to secure a long term rental over the internet without first visiting the property it's wise to negotiate a
short lease to begin with (perhaps 3 to 6 months), it's difficult to find a completely suitable rental unseen - there may be
101 factors you don't know about; a nearby busy road, a tiny bathroom, barking dogs or noisy cockerels, difficult
neighbours, a steep uphill walk to the shops, or any number of things. Securing a shorter rental term will enable you to
have a base when you arrive and while you search for your ideal place.
If you intend to buy property to live in Crete it is a good idea to live in a rented house or apartment first for a while in the
area you are considering, to get a feel for the area, check if it suits your needs, or to give you time to discover other
unknown locations before you commit.
Unfurnished & Long Term Rentals
Long term rents are very reasonable in Crete. Expect to pay around 300 to 450 Euros per month for a 1 or 2
bedroomed property in Chania, Heraklion and the provinces, more for larger properties. Smaller places start at about
250 Euros per month, depending on the area. Many long term lets are for unfurnished accommodation, and electricity,
heating and water are not normally included in the rent.
Deposits of 2 or 3 months rent are normal, but you will get this back when you leave (or the last 1 or 2 months rent free),
assuming there are no damages to pay.
If you sign a rental contract make sure you get it translated if you don't understand Greek.. don't just sign anything!!
Contracts for unfurnished accommodation are usually for 1 or 2 years, but you may be able to negotiate a shorter term.
Usually a month or two notice is required from either party to terminate the contract.
Furnished and Shorter Term Rentals
Some places are available to rent fully furnished and by the month.
Out of season, October to March/April, there is a larger choice as many holiday lets stand empty for these months and
owners are usually willing to rent them, often through agents. Check out the property sites and you will see that many
offer long term lets at fairly reasonable prices. These are usually more expensive than local unfurnished lets, but they
may include heating and electricity. Prices start from around 280 Euros per month for a small place.
Where to look...
- Check for for long term rental in the local papers. In Chania the Haniotika Nea newspaper is published daily, and
in Heraklion the Patris. However they are only in Greek. You will need someone to translate for you and then
telephone to enquire if you don't read or speak Greek. English publications: the weekly Athens News - may have
the occasional ads for Crete, plus in Chania check out the CIC monthly newsletter (see international community
- Look for For Rent signs - 'ENOIKIAZETAI' , usually a white or yellow sticker with red writing, posted on doors or
walls of properties that are for let, and in shop windows.
- The second hand shop in Chania, "To Pazari", Daskalogianni Street, Splantzia, Chania has a notice board with
- If you are looking for a winter-only rental (between October/November and March/April) many tourist studios/
apartments can be rented for a fairly reasonable price during the winter months (fully furnished too). Ask in
person on the spot, or check out websites and email in advance.
for Tenants in Greece
For more information on tenants rights contact:
Panhellenic Renters' Protection Association
66 Menandrou St.
This excerpt is based on the book
"Living in Crete. A Guide to Living, working, Retiring & Buying
Property in Crete"
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