Living in Hungary
Hereby we are sharing you the most important costs of the flats and houses in Hungary.
If you live in a flat then you have to pay community fee. The community fee is the common cost of the bulding: maintaing the staircase-lights and cleaning, operate the elevator, take away the rubbish, gardening. If the building is new and there is no need to renew it then the community fee should be low. If the building needs reconstruction, (it doesn’t mean that it is old, new buildings can be badly built) then the community fee is higher. If there are just a few flats but the building has elevator then the fee is also high. So the community fee depends on many things. The lowest is 80 HUF/m3 and the highest 300 HUF/m3.
In some buildings the heating is operated by the house itself. So the heating and the hot water, sometimes the cold water too is also on the same bill with the community fee. Here the meter numbers are written too because the computer system of the house does the calculation.
The gas can be used only for cooking purpose or also for heating too. If it is the so called cooking gas, then it means that the stove and the oven operated with gas. You can’t use it for heating. In this case the gas fee is fix. Doesn’t matter if you use it or not, you pay the same.
If the gas is used for heating in individual system then there is meter which measures the consumption. The price can change every year and it is different by companies.
The cold water is usually measured but there are still some building where there is only a main meter. In this case the community divides the comsumption by person. It is better when the flat has it’s own individual water and meter. The water bill comes usualy bimonthly because it is not worth to count it monthly.
The hot water can be produced by the individual system, by the block heating system or by the central heating system of the cities. People prefer the individual system but in this case the maintanance of the heating system can be costy.
The electricity always measured by individual meter. There is possibility to have the so called night electricity which is a cheaper then the normal electricity but it is not available the whole day. Usually used for electric boilers to produce hot water.
If you live in a house then you also pay separatly for rubbish. It is not obligatory to have trashbin from the local provider. It is possible to collect the rubbish in a selective way. You can see the yellow, green and blue boxes in many streets for paper, glass and plastic items.
At last but not least, the internet is also a key issue. There are several providers all around the country. The prices and the services are different. The best to check all the available options at the flat and then choose. Landlords usually don’t provide the internet becuase the tenants have different needs. Some people needs on internet, others need cable tv and landline phone as well.