What should I pay special attention to?

Our advice

Check out https://kot.gent.be

Kotatgent provides a list of living units that are inspected and approved by the Ghent' Housing Office and the Fire Department.

Cost

Prices will vary depending on the size, facilities, location etc. The approximate rent per month is € 346 for a room and € 479 for a studio (incl. consumption of water electricity, heating, internet etc.).

A few tips

Rental agreement

  • read it carefully. Keep in mind that whatever you sign is binding.
  • pay attention to the conditions for termination
  • know what is (and what is not) included in the rent
  • see to it that verbal promises are noted in the agreement
  • record the start and end numbers on energy meters (use of water, electricity, heating)
  • ask the landlord to use the model rental agreement of Kotatgent

Deposit

  • maximum 3 months’ rental or a fixed amount
  • can never be used to pay the rent
  • make sure you get a receipt from the landlord if you pay cash

Inventory (= physical condition of the room)

  • must be drawn up in detail, preferably in the presence of the landlord

Safety

  • ask your landlord for the certification report from the City of Ghent and the Fire Department
  • check if there are fire extinguishers, smoke detector systems and emergency escape routes
  • watch out for dangling or dangerous electrical wiring
  • watch out for damp/mould problems

Registration

Ask your owner to register the rental agreement. This gives you the assurance that you can stay in your living unit until the final date stated in the agreement, in case the property is sold.