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How to rent a flat in Moscow

A confusing start:

Я хочу снять квартиру. I want to rent a flat.

Хозяин хочет сдать квартиру. The landlord wants to rent out a flat.

Refining your search:

Я ищу двухкомнатную квартиру. I’m looking for a two-room flat (NB, NOT two-bedroom, just two rooms)

Мне нужна трехкомнатная квартира. I need a three-room flat.

Мне нужна квартира в центре. I need a flat in the centre.

Сколько стоит аренда в месяц? How much is the monthly rent?

Это мне слишком дорого. That’s too expensive.

Дороговато. This is a cool word for bargaining ‘oooh, a bit on the expensive side’.

Extra details:

Какой этаж? What floor is it on?

Есть балкон? Is there a balcony?

Есть лоджия? Is there a closed balcony?

Есть охрана? Is there a guard?

Эта квартира с мебелью или без? With or without furniture?

Есть стиральная машина? А посудомоечная машина? With a washing machine? A dish-washer?

Какая станция метро рядом? Which metro station is nearest?

And don’t forget to find out:

Кто платит за коммунальные услуги? Who pays the local taxes?

Кто платит за электричество? За газ и телефон? Who pays utilities?

Есть интернет? Кто за него платит? Is there internet? Who pays for it?

Соседи хорошие? (мирные?) Are the neighbours nice people? Peaceful?

Enjoy your new home!

С новосельем!

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