Warm in the Spring, Hot in the Summer, Golden in the Autumn and White in the Winter! That is Austria and it’s four seasons, each one special in it’s own way. The way to enjoy Austria at it’s best is to experience more than one season…and if possible experience all four seasons with a longer rental!
If you are coming to work, taking a gap year, retiring and wanting to chill for a while… or maybe considering to purchase a property in Austria and would like to try living in the country… then renting for a few months or a longer term rental is a good way to get the feel of an area.
Our property owners have apartments and houses available for longer rent in various areas of Austria. These tend to be holiday properties, because it is these that are more readily available and furnished as opposed to the local rental housing market where the rental contract terms are 3 years and over and unfurnished. But if you want a property for 3 years or more longer rental, we can help with these also. The 3 year rental contracts can be terminated after one year with 3 months notice to the landlord…so your legal committment is for 15 months.
We have put a selection of these Austrian properties in our long term renting section, but not all of the available rental properties are on this page. This is because properties can rent quite quickly, so it is best to check with us what properties we have available at any particular time.
Information on costs, commissions and legal requirements.
Coming to work or live in Austria… need a property for a few months while you find long term rental… or maybe you would like to just take a sabbatical or time out for a few months. We have owners with properties near to Salzburg, Upper and lower Austria, plus some in Carinthia, Southern Austria?
Many of our owners apartments and houses are available for longer holiday lets. These can be from one month to six months.
There is also the possibility to rent from 1-3 years, but this comes under a different system than holiday renting. Holiday renting does not give any long term guarantee of tenancy, it is simply a long term fixed contract as in booking a holiday, but the costs are cheaper, the longer term you take.
Most apartments are in the Salzkammergut area, and within easy reach of Salzburg. We will though be adding other areas to these pages as we get owners willing to rent their properties for longer holiday rentals.
Costs involved to rent.
It is standard that you pay a deposit guarantee for a 1- 3 year rental. This is normally 3 months rental, depending on length of letting.
If it is a long holiday rental the deposit can be only one month rental to have as security. Some long holiday rentals need to be paid in full up front, if only a few months rental period. So they are treated exactly like a holiday booking. It depends on the landlord.
The deposit is an amount that is paid by the tenant to cover any arrears and to cover losses in the case of damages in the existing building. The deposit can be in several forms and is passed to the landlord.
For longer rentals of one year plus. It is possible to pay the landlord a sum of money to set up a savings account to provide a bank guarantee. The deposit will earn interest. Interest rates are extremely low at present. You also set up a savings account. In this case, you can gain from increases in interest rates.
Austria also has a standard long term rental of 3 years plus. These tend to be cheaper and this is the length of time that a landlord would be required to give to the tenant and to honour it as long as the tenant was paying the rent. The tenant must rent for a minimum of 12 months plus on top they must give 3 months notice to the Landlord when leaving. So, in effect a tenant must pay for 15 months of rental under a 3 year plus agreement.
Tip: If you are taking a 3 year+ term lease and then set up a savings book account with a local bank, the landlord holds the book, but remember that in the event of rent arrears or damage to the property the landlord would be entitled to access this account.
But this does allow you to obtain some interest income on the deposit account. In the case of payment of the deposit in cash, there is no interest payable.
For longer rental, Contract commissions to agents, start on the basis of 1 month rent, + vat 20% as a commission payment. It is down to the agent..some charge a few months and some will charge less for finding you the right property and setting up the longer rentals. The standard fee is now generally one month rental.
A question that everyone asks about, when considering to live or stay for a longer rental period in Austria… and no it is not snow all year!!
Austria is very lucky, in that it has 4 distinct seasons. Warm in Spring, Hot in Summer, The Autumns are crisp and golden and of course there is snow in Winter….but the country does not come to a halt!
If you want to keep in touch with weather in Austria then click here for our link to Austria weather website
Jobs in Austria
If you are looking for a job in Austria, after getting your longer rental, you will find the link below useful. It is information on how to apply for work in the German language. It also has much information on the language, such as jokes and news. http://www.deutsch-lernen.com/job_application/uebersicht_e.htm
Austria has a very large tourism industry and obviously this is where one can take advantage of speaking English. It is always worthwhile to contact the major stores such as IKEA, because they will have equal opportunities and much better facilities to help with language learning.
For jobs in the Salzkammergut area of Austria try this working in Austria site:
Holiday apartment owners and longer rental
With the changes in the law about permissions to rent out holiday apartments the longer rentals can be the answer. Do not leave your property empty for long periods. We have many clients interested to have a longer rental of an apartment or house for various periods, from one month to six months and longer if their job requires it.
The benefit for owners is that they still have parts of the year to enjoy their holiday property. If you are considering to let your holiday property for longer periods, please contact us for details on how we can help you with letting your property.