RENTING AN APARTAMENT IN MADRID

20 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN RENTING AN APARTAMENT IN MADRID

Rent apartment/flat in Madrid

20 things you should know when renting an apartment in Madrid

1- The area – like in any city – is very important and varies depending on your preference and need. Every side of town has different prices and it is important to have an idea of what you´re searching for since ultimately you will be the person paying rent each month. One of the more comfortable areas is called “Radio M-30”, which is located inside the M30 highway. The zone is one of the best connected areas of Madrid as there are several metro lines, bus stations and is also within walking distance to many popular sites in Madrid. Although there are also surrounding areas of the M30 which are also well connected and with slightly lower rental prices.

2- Transportation: Not only its necessary take into account your access to the underground which is extremely important, but we must also take into account the night buses known as ¨buhos¨ (owls). In Madrid there is a network of night buses, which depart from the Plaza de Cibeles. This is important to remember since the underground in Madrid closes at 1:30 pm. If you´re like many visitor or natives to the city, you´re going to want to enjoy the night life. As such, keep in mind the night buses and save yourself some money on taxis. Remember this important fact which considering where to stay in Madrid.

3- Knowing whether or not the house has heating as well as the type of heating:
a) Central heating – its means that heating is being paying by the community of landowners and is automatically running from November to May without the ability to adjust the temperature. Apartments which include central heating are usually more expensive and can normally be found in the more affluent areas of Madrid and can save tenants a lot of money on heating.
b) Electric heating – It is paid with the electricity bill and is the most expensive. Be aware of this when considering where to life as the winters in Madrid can be very cold.
c) Heating of natural gas – is the most common, it is paid with the gas bill and it is cheaper than electricity.
In Madrid its cold in winter, it’s necessary to have heating. A though this will be difficult to believe for those who arrive during summer. However, don´t let the heat of summer fool you. Winter in Madrid is very cold so heating is essential for at least 3 or months of the year.

4- This might sound strange at first, however, the type of windows in the apartments are also something to take note of. Many older buildings in the city center have old wooden windows. These types of windows will allow the freezing cold of winter to enter inside making it quite cold while during summer you will find your apartment to be extremely hot. This of course means will have to pay more for heating during the winter and more for air-conditioning during summer. Finally, if you live in a noisy area, you´re going to want good windows to help keep the street noise where it belongs…in the streets.

5- Avoid flats with gas cylinders (Rechargeable orange cylinder). They are not very common however there are still a few flats that use this system, especially in the city center. You would use this cylinder for cooking and to have hot water. The gas cylinders usually costs around 13 € for each new cylinder. Furthermore, you have to monitor the gas levels to ensure you don´t run out as well as needing to be home during specific times during the mornings to ensure you´re able to receive a new/refilled cylinder. I can assure you that you don´t want to wake up one morning without the ability to cook or take a hot shower.

6- Expenses: it´s fair and common (usual) that the tenant pay expenses at the same time that the monthly rent payment is due (usually the lights and gas bill are paid every two months). The owner always sends the bill however all other expenses such as community fees, garbage fees, home insurance, etc, should be paid by the owner.

7- Wi-fi, in a shared flat it is normal that the home have wi-fi. In some cases it will be paid by the landlord and in other cases it will be divided among the roommates and is usually paid together with the phone bill. In an unshared flat, you usually don’t have wi-fi and the tenant will have to obtain their own internet service.

8- The contract: Most contracts usual last for a year or less. You should never sign a contract of more than one year.
– The deposit: one to two months deposit is about average. More than two months is not common and is an abuse. In the shared flats, if you rent a room, in most cases the contract is made only in the name of a single person. It is also appropriate to speak with the landlord when you rent the room or the flat and to ask him how much notice is required before leaving the flat. A month or two months is normal and you shouldn´t be required to provide more than two months’ notice before departing.

9 In Spain you can choose between furnished or unfurnished flats. Most are furnished and is usually identified as such in the ad. Usually there isn´t much of difference in the price between furnished or unfurnished apartments.

10 In Spain if the apartment is furnished it has to have a washing machine, all homes in Spain have washing machines, among other things.

11 The natural lighting of housing is very important also, (to keep in mind especially in interior flats and basements), Lighting is expensive, if the apartment has poor natural lighting ultimately you will spend more money on electricity which is fine if the flat is cheap.

12 Never rent a flat without first seeing it, better to spend a few days in a hostel and in the city center there are many great and cheap hostels available. Always view the flat to see the situation and to ensure everything is to your liking. Desperation can cost you a lot of money long term.

13 Whenever possible, avoid real estate agencies. They charge an entire monthly fee for renting a flat, sometimes two monthly payments for which the cost is high and unnecessary. If you focus in one agency they will only be able to offer you a limited number of flats. Additionally, real estate agencies usually require much more documentation than an individual landlord such as proof of wages (payroll) and employment dating back 6 month, sometimes requested certificate incidents bank account. The process usually takes a minimum of 15 days and they usually take too much time to tell you if you´ve been approved to rent the flat or not.

14 A few years ago La Comunidad de Madrid established “plan alquila” (a plan for rent). It was created to provide owners with more security and also for the government to have control over rents. Always, the landlord (if you rent through this plan) is the one who is responsible for delivering a copy of the contract and other required paperwork to the La Comunidad de Madrid, this is NOT the responsibility of the tenant. Additionaly, there is something called the ¨Solvencia¨ or the ¨solvency¨ Eventually it depends on the owner, but can request a study solvency to the tenant, and any other requirements, but you do not pay more for rent a flat through the “plan alquila” and should not affect the tenant.

15 It takes time to find a flat when looking online and I recommend that you discard online listings without photos as this is usually a waste of time due to the apartment being in poor condition.

16 You shouldn´t pay anything in advance and you should avoid advertisements urgently seeking people as the tenant has to leave the country suddenly and are unable to show the flat however are requesting that you send money by mail-post stating that the neighbour will give you the keys to the apartment. This is always a trick so be sure you avoid such listings. You should never pay for an apartment which you haven´t seen and never pay in advance.

17 Lift/Elevator: Always ask to know if the flat has a lift. Many people don´t mind waking up/down stairs however it´s something you need to know so that you can make an informed decision when considering the price versus benefits. Many times an apartment without a lift will cost less than an apartment with a lift.

18 As much as possible avoid the months of August and September for house hunting. Madrid has the largest number of students in Spain and one of the largest student populations in Europe, meaning that the demand for apartments is very high during this time. The months before the beginning of the academic year there will be many people/students searching for apartments. During this time it will be very difficult to encounter an apartment however not impossible. Plan ahead to make sure you don´t get caught up in the rush.

19 You should not sign a contract if you can´t read and understand Spanish. It´s preferable to find someone who can help you understands the contract in Spanish to avoid unfair contract terms. It´s especially important that you understand what you´re signing because in the long term it could create many problems for you if you haven´t fully read and understood the contract term.

20 Finally, the most important thing, if you see a flat you like very much, Take it!. Sometimes you might want to take a couple of hours to think before making a decision however be aware that there are usually other people scheduled behind you to see the same apartment. An hour of waiting could cause you to lose the perfect apartment. Trust me, I know from experience.

arte y madrid

ART & MADRID

MADRID CAPITAL ART, ART & MADRID

Madrid is crafted by artists and completely wrapped in art. All its many expressions have a place in the city. The city lights cannot be compared to any other city in the world. Art can be found within the many museums as EL Museo Del Prado, El Museo Reina Sofia, El Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, El museo ABC, of drawing and illustration, El Museo Arqueologico, and El museo Del Romanticismo.The smaller museums also have large collections such as Museo Carballo, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, or Museo Carlos de Amberes among others. Also, you can   enjoy art through the many foundations and showrooms such as Círculo de Bellas Artes, The foundation Caja Madrid, the Foundation Juan March, the Foundation “La Caixa” has an exhibition of Miró “miró y el objeto” (that through May 22), the Foundation BANCAIXA, the Crystal Palace in Retiro Park, and the  showroom of the Community of Madrid. There are several cultural centres, among them are the Centro Cultural Conde Duque or the Centro Cultural de la villa. There are also many monasteries; including the Monastery of the Descalzas Reales and the Monastery of La Encarnación. In Madrid the Paseo del Prado it is known colloquially as the Art Walk, nowhere in the world has as much focus on art, charm, beauty and elegance in such a small space. In Madrid you can buy a car also known as “El Abono Paseo del arte”. It is an annual subscription which allows entry to the three most famous museums and some galleries.

In the street you will also encounter art, you only have to walk through the city and live through it, also features an outdoors museum; Museum of public Art of Madrid located in Paseo De La Castellana at metro stop Ruben Darío. Visiting a specific outdoor museum you be exposed to a lot of art. Even Madrid is a real museum withim itself. Madrid is a real museum in itself, where any show of Art in his streets only makes increase his beauty.

Regardless of the size of the exhibit, the street art you encounter in Madrid only further serves to magnify the beauty of this special city.

In the sky of Madrid is full of art and sculptures. One must pay attention to the roofs of the buildings in Madrid as they are full of art. You will be astonished by what goes un noticed at first sight; Its part of the magic of this city which must be look at twice in order to discover  all its treasures, it´s necessary to first contemplate the best way to “squeeze” Madrid to its maximum. Some roofs of the city they look Majestic, worthy and almost alive. I recommend you that see the “cuadrigas de Higinio Basterra” from the Circulo de Bellas Artes at sunset.

Architecture and art in Catholicism goes back to the ancient world although it reached its height in Spain in the 11th century. Within the churches you will discover that art and religion have been kept together, even in the 20th century they have a small role. In Madrid there are plenty of churches, we are going to reference some of the most artistically interesting go to speaking. In the first place Almudena Cathedral,a must see, is  free to enter, but you must pay  to go to the top where the dome is located. The Hermitage of San Antonio of the Florida, here we can see the frescoes of the painter Francisco de Goya which cover nearly the entire temple. It is located at metro stop Argüelles or Principe Pio, the frescoes and the history surrounding this place ensured that the visit will be spectacular. San Antonio de los Alemanes, a church from the 17th century is completely covered by painted murals. Basilica De San Miguel has a strong Italian influence with its unique Baroque style. If you find yourself at the Prado Museo, take advantage of the opportunity and visit “los Jeronimos”, located next to the Prado. Los Jeronimos is interesting its fashioned in the late gothic style. San Francisco el Grande,located in the neighborhood of La Latina, has a  dome measuring 33 meters in diameter and  is considered to be the  third largest Christian dome in the world. The entry to the museum costs 3 €. There are many other churches in Madrid, in all of which you will find art, history and amazing architecture.

And don´t forget the parks! The most famous park in Madrid is Retiro. The park is inundated with numerous statues of any varities, a cultural center with constant exhibitions, El Centro cultural Casa de Vacas Retiro, a Crystal Palace which serves as a daily meeting place for hundreds of street performers. We’ve its another park a little ways from the city center ,El Capricho. its possible to arrive via the  Metro from the center. Take metro station  El Capricho. An artistic natural space, steeped in history, it will stimulate all sensations and shouldn´t be missed by art lovers. It was created at the end of the 17th century, with Italian and French influences it is one the most beautiful landscape in the city, blended together with sculptures, temples,chapel, ect … Nor should we overlook La Casa de Campo de Madrid.

Unknown in Madrid & Art

Throughout the entire city, but especially concentrated in the neighbourhood of Chueca, Alonso Martínez, Lavapiés and Las Letras; you will find the largest concentration of Art Galleries in Madrid. All can be visit for free in schedule opened to the public. In them you will find authentic treasures,with you can enjoy exhibitions of national and international artists, works of paintings, sculpture and graphic works  during the temporary and permanent exhibitions. we encourage you to visit during the days of inauguration as the gallery owners will invite you to a glass of wine or beer and if you´re  lucky to some ham. It is a great way to enjoy the art and meet new artists, materials and forms of expression. Although you might not have money to purchase any art, we always take the art with us. It is worth it to include these galleries in your Art tour of Madrid.

In February Madrid produces an exhibition honoring the world of art from the 80´s it celebrated in Madrid ARCO – INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF CONTEMPORARY ART from the 24th to the 28th February 2016 in IFEMA FERIA DE MADRID. This year celebrates its 35th anniversary. On account of of 35th anniversary “AÑO35.MADRID” in paying tribute to the city of Madrid by distributing art through all of Madrid In different institutions with samples from various artists. Arco is open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday the rest of the week is only for professionals, It has a high price between 30 € and 40 € (varing by day and for some groups such as students costs 21 €)

Also from the 24th to the 28th February 2016 we/it celebrates “ART MADRIS’16”, Fair of contemporary art that is celebrated in the gallery of crystal of Cibeles’s building, enter from Street Montalban 1. Participates include national and international galleries that deal with contemporary art, emerging artist, and historical vanguards among others. Another opportunity to living art and to pay tribute to all those who created art for the rest of us to enjoy.

Madrid talks alot about art these days, but Madrid has always been an artistic city which can be seen and feel; a city which caresses your emotions and takes you to another place to you where your dreams can not be inhibited.Art & Madrid.