From furry friends to landlord access – the ins and outs of renters' rights in Czechia

We asked the head of residential rentals at Engel & Völkers about your rights as a renter when it comes to pets, vistitors, and letting the landlord in. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 07.05.2024 13:30:00 (updated on 07.05.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

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Welcome to the world of renting—an adventure filled with twists, turns, and the occasional surprise inspection. Whether you're a seasoned renter or dipping your toes into the world of leases for the first time, navigating the ins and outs can feel daunting. 

Before embarking on your adventures in renting, getting familiar with your rights, responsibilities, and the intricacies of your lease agreement can bring confidence and peace of mind to the experience.

We've asked Mikuláš Hrubý, head of residential rentals at Engel & Völkers Prague, to compile a comprehensive guide to help you understand your rights, responsibilities and everything in between.

Furry friends: Are they welcome?

Picture this: you've found the perfect apartment with ample sunlight and a cozy nook for your morning coffee. But there’s one catch—can you bring your beloved pet along for the ride? In the Czech Republic, the law stands firmly on the side of pet owners. Your landlord can't bar you from having a pet, even if they’ve attempted to slip a "no pets allowed" clause into your lease agreement.

However, there's a caveat: transparency is key. If your furry friend suddenly appears without your landlord's knowledge, your lease renewal might hang in the balance. It's best to communicate openly and honestly with your landlord about your pet ownership plans to avoid any surprises down the line.

Gatecrashers or guests: Visitor policies explained

Your home is your sanctuary—a place to unwind, recharge, and occasionally host impromptu gatherings with friends and family. But what are the rules when it comes to visitors? Short-term guests are welcome with open arms, as trying to restrict their access would be like trying to contain a burst of laughter. It's all about fostering a sense of community and connection.

However, when it comes to more permanent additions to your household, such as a new roommate, it's essential to consult with your landlord beforehand. While they can't veto close family members, it's always courteous to keep them in the loop about any changes to the occupancy of your space.

Knock, knock—Who's there?: Understanding landlord access

Ah, the age-old question: when can your landlord pop by unannounced? Legally, they're entitled to enter your abode if they have a valid reason, but common courtesy dictates that they should provide you with advance notice. Whether it's for routine maintenance or to address a pressing issue, communication is key when it comes to landlord access.

And what about those extended vacations? If you're planning to jet off for an extended period, be sure to inform your landlord and provide them with a contact person who can oversee affairs in your absence. It's all about maintaining open lines of communication and ensuring the security of your home while you're away.

If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed or unsure, don't hesitate to reach out to a reputable real estate agency for guidance. They're equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate any challenges that may arise along the way.

Don't hesitate to contact Engel & Völkers at We will be happy to advise you and help you choose the ideal apartment for you, which will meet your requirements and will be in line with your particular living situation.

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