Tips for finding housing in Madrid.
Apartment hunting can be an exciting time, but it’s also a stressful process. Many of you are probably wondering, “Where do I begin?” or “What neighborhood is best for my commute?” The list of questions goes on and on, but the Smart Insiders Housing Guide is ready to help you find the perfect place to stay in Madrid! Ready, set, Apartment Hunt!
What’s the best district for me?
Argüelles / Moncloa
What types of housing are available?
What is a housing contract?
When you find your perfect apartment or room, make sure to sign a lease with your new landlord. This housing contract is essential to becoming empadronado (legally registered), which is an important step for foreigners who need a TIE (Foreign Identity Card). It’s also a good way to protect your rights as a tenant. Be wary if your landlord is reluctant or refuses to sign a lease.
Before signing, make sure you understand the details of the contract. The contract will likely be written in Spanish, so if you need help understanding the details, ask a friend to translate, use online tools, or reach out to the Smart Insiders legal team to review your lease. Make sure to check the length of the lease, the deposit and its refund, additional monthly expenses, and rules of the house (if any).
Where can I search for housing in Madrid?
Some housing platforms, like Idealista or Badi, are free! You can use the search features on this website to customize your search to include your preferred neighborhoods, price range, and other features. Facebook groups are also a great way to search for housing, as landlords, agencies or roommates often post about available listings. You can also choose to use secure platforms or agencies, though these options may charge a fee for their service.
Watch out for scams!
Always be cautious of scams because they do happen! One of the most common scams in Madrid occurs when a “landlord” attracts renters with photos and videos of apartments that either don’t exist or look nothing like the photos. The scammer convinces the unsuspecting renter to pay the deposit and the first month’s rent before the renter can visit the apartment. Then the scammer disappears with the money, and it can be very difficult for the police to track them down. Be careful!
It’s always best for you or a trusted friend to visit an apartment in person before paying for anything. If you are not able to do so, reach out to Smart Insiders and we can help! We are happy to tour apartments on your behalf so that you can feel confident in your future housing. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.