Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1 months’ rent. If you have pets the deposit is up to 2 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity, and repairs will be deducted if necessary.

Rental Commission

Should you choose to utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect commission equal to 1 months’ rent plus 23% Value-Added Tax.

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.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When you move to Poland you may want or need to establish residency.  Requirements may include:

EU Citizens

• Stay registration
• EU residence registration
• Obtain PESEL identification number
• Address registration

Non-EU Citizens

• Work permit
• Residency permit
• Obtain PESEL identification number
• Address registration

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and advise on support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


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

• Completed application for replacement of driver’s license
• 1 passport photo (35x45mm)
• Residence permit
• Confirmation of address in Poland
• Original and photocopy of origin country driver’s license
• Translation of origin country driver’s license into Polish
• Payment via check

Additional Notes

A foreign license is only valid for 180 days. It is advisable for expats to obtain an international driver’s licence prior to arriving in Poland. Obtaining a Polish driver’s licence depends on country the original driver’s license was obtained. Exact procedures will be advised after seeing copy of the driver’s licenses.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

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

• Valid Passport
• In some cases, proof of employment

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day.

Additional Notes

Some banks require 3 or 6 months’ of regular income to the account before issuing a credit card. This varies depending on the bank.