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How to Rent a Home in Lithuania

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Renting a home in Lithuania for the first time can be daunting. You probably have so many questions: Do I need a lawyer? Do rentals come with appliances? How do I find good rentals? How do I choose the right neighborhood? The list goes on and on. Here are answers to some of the top questions plus insight from our members living in Lithuania.

Navigating the process of renting a home in Lithuania for the first time can feel overwhelming. Numerous questions might arise: Should I consult a lawyer? Are appliances typically included in rentals? How can I discover quality rental properties? Which neighborhoods will best suit my needs? These are just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in for answers to these pressing questions and gain insights from our members who've made Lithuania their home.

"Relocating to a new country can be an exciting yet challenging experience, especially when it comes to finding a place to live. If you're planning to move to Lithuania, one of the first things you'll need to do is find a suitable apartment to rent. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information about renting an apartment in Lithuania, from finding a rental property to understanding the legal requirements and costs involved.

How do you find a rental property in Lithuania?

There are several ways to find rental properties in Lithuania. Online property portals such as Aruodas.lt and Domoplius.lt are popular and provide listings in English. Local newspapers also have property listings, and hiring a real estate agent can be helpful, especially if you're not fluent in Lithuanian. Word of mouth can also be effective, so let your local contacts know that you're looking for a place to rent.

Does Lithuania have an MLS type system?

Lithuania does not have a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) like in the United States. However, real estate agencies and online portals provide comprehensive listings of available properties. It's advisable to check multiple sources to get a broad view of the market.

Do brokers have licenses and how do I know if they are licensed?

Yes, real estate brokers in Lithuania are required to have a license. You can verify a broker's license by checking with the Lithuanian Chamber of Real Estate (LCRE). It's important to ensure that you're dealing with a licensed professional to protect your interests.

Should I buy or rent in Lithuania?

The decision to buy or rent depends on your personal circumstances, such as your financial situation, how long you plan to stay in Lithuania, and your familiarity with the local property market. Renting can be a good option if you're new to the country or planning a short stay. Buying might be more suitable if you plan to stay long-term and have a good understanding of the property market.

Is it difficult to find rentals in Lithuania?

Finding a rental in Lithuania is not typically difficult, especially in larger cities like Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaip?da. However, the process can be more challenging if you're looking for a specific type of property or if you're not fluent in Lithuanian. Hiring a real estate agent can make the process easier.

What documents are required when renting an apartment in Lithuania?

When renting an apartment in Lithuania, you'll typically need to provide a valid passport or ID, proof of income or employment, and a signed lease agreement. Some landlords may also require references. It's important to read and understand the lease agreement before signing, as it outlines your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Do I need a lawyer when renting an apartment in Lithuania?

While it's not mandatory to hire a lawyer when renting an apartment in Lithuania, it can be beneficial, especially if you're not familiar with Lithuanian property laws. A lawyer can review the lease agreement and ensure that your interests are protected. Legal fees can vary, but you can expect to pay around €100-€200 for a lease review.

How long is the typical lease for?

The typical lease term in Lithuania is one year, but it can be shorter or longer depending on the agreement between the landlord and tenant. It's important to discuss the lease term with the landlord before signing the agreement.

Do I have to pay a deposit?

Yes, it's common practice in Lithuania to pay a security deposit when renting an apartment. The deposit is usually equivalent to one to three months' rent and is refundable at the end of the lease, provided there are no damages to the property.

What other upfront costs are there when renting?

In addition to the security deposit, you may also need to pay the first month's rent upfront. If you're using a real estate agent, you'll need to pay their fee, which is typically equivalent to one month's rent. Some landlords may also require a key deposit.

Are utilities included?

Utilities are typically not included in the rent and are the responsibility of the tenant. This includes electricity, water, heating, and internet. The cost of utilities can vary depending on the size of the apartment and usage, but you can expect to pay around €100-€200 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Are furnished or unfurnished rentals more popular in Lithuania?

Both furnished and unfurnished rentals are available in Lithuania. Furnished apartments usually include basic furniture and appliances such as a bed, sofa, refrigerator, and stove. Unfurnished apartments may not include any furniture or appliances. The choice between furnished and unfurnished depends on your personal needs and budget," said one expat living in Lithuania.

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Expats Talk about How they Found their Home

"Actually my wife at that time chose this flat due to location. Things to watch out for: a seedy neighbourhood, top and bottom floors, brand-new flats (sub-standard fixtures and settling can cause serious damage), and no shade. The sun can get pretty hot here and if you have no balcony overhand or trees to block the summer sun, June/July can get pretty warm on occasion. Insist on a steel door," commented an expat living in Vilnius.

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Lithuania is to use online resources such as websites and real estate agents. Websites such as Realigro, Domoplius, and Aruodas are great for finding apartments, houses, and other types of accommodation. Additionally, real estate agents can be a great resource for finding a place to live in Lithuania, as they can provide more personalized advice and assistance. Additionally, it is also possible to find accommodation through word of mouth, by asking friends and family who may know of available properties," said an expat in Lithuania.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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