Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 3 years.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are:

• Valid passport
• Greek Tax ID number
• Possibly letter of employment

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after lease termination, completion of inspection, cleaning, and payment for final utilities.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

Payment of the agent’s rental commission is typically split between the tenant and landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Registration and development fee.
• Tuition fees paid annually.

Schools may have additional fees for services such as bus transportation, extracurricular activities, learning support and special exams.

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank Transfer is the preferred method of payment.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Copy of valid passport
• Valid residence permit
• Valid driver’s licence from country of origin
• Translation of origin licene by the Foreign Ministry or lawyer of the issuing country’s consular authorities in Greece.
• Passport photo
• Two health certificates (from a pathologist and an opthamologist)

Additional Notes

EU driver’s licenses are valid in Greece. All other driver’s licenses have to be accompanied by an International driving permit obtained from the same country as where the driver’s license is issued.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid passport (or ID if EU national)
• Greek tax ID number
• Confirmation letter from employer
• Proof of residence (receipt for online submission of lease agreement to tax authorities)
• Non-EU nationals also require proof that they have applied for residence permit in Greece (Blue Receipt)

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day, but must be handled in person at the bank.