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What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
Generally, the main factors when looking for a residence in Venice are:
- commuting time to your place of work and/or children's schools
- proximity to mainland, if you need to drive to work
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Expats tend to live at Lido, as they may have a car, even if you need to get on the ferry boat to get there. Most housing solutions in Venice will be apartments in small buildings; usually expats find the houses small for their standards.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Expats usually rent their homes. It can be very expensive to purchase a nice house in Venice.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Landlords commonly ask for three months' rent as a security deposit. This deposit will be returned to you at the end of your lease, after you move out and a final check shows that the residence was left in good condition. This deposit is due at the time of lease signing. It is sometimes requested earlier, in order to secure the apartment during lease negotiation, so that it is not shown to other potential tenants. Also, at the time of lease signing you may be required to pay the first month of rent, in addition to the security deposit.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Utilities like electricity, telephone and gas are not included in rents. If you live in a condominium, heating and water expenses may sometimes be included in condominium fees. A condominium is a type of ownership structure rather than a style of residence..
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
As in all tourist places, you should be careful when walking in crowded areas and always keep your purse and bag with you.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
Voltage is 220, and plug shape may be either round or flat. If you are coming from a non-EU country, you will need adaptors and/or transformers. Even with a transformer, 110 volt appliances may not work properly. Furnished and most partly-furnished accommodations are rented with only basic electrical appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, televisions and irons. Many furnished accommodations do not have clothes dryers.
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Housing in Venice might be quite small. You can rarely find an apartment with more than four bedrooms, and often villas are on several storeys with only a very small garden. Apartments in Venice do not come with a garage of course. You will have to look for and rent a place to park your car separately. There is a public garage which is very close to Venice, but it's very expensive and hard to find available spots..
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