This Monday's TEFL Prague tip is...
Whenever you move into new accommodation in Prague, unless it is short term, you do need to make sure that you have an accommodation contract. We have been receiving reports that in some cases (a small number of cases I might add) a contract hasn't been provided and the arrangement has all been on word of mouth - with the new tenant then responsible for finding the next tenant when he or she moves out. Having a contract is one of the first rules of business and contracts protect both you and the owner and they clearly set out what is required of both parties, they are legally binding and it is in your best interests to have one. If you say really loved an apartment which had this type of arrangement with no contract then the next best thing is to have a recorded verbal agreement, for example requesting that all information be sent through email (as opposed to just meeting with the owner and discussing in person). This will also give you rights should a complaint arise as verbal agreements are also valid legal platforms in the Czech Republic. Still though, if an owner is unwilling to provide you with a contract then tread with extreme caution.
Hope it helps!
Hezky den!/Lovely day!