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Advice for moving to Gothenburg

Helenmay
post 9.Jan.2006, 02:18 PM
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My boyfriend and I are hoping to move from Trollhättan to Gothenburg at the beginning of May for my boyfriends job. We have heard some nightmare stories about how long it takes to find a flat to rent in Gothenburg and hoped that you would be able to help us...

- how long did it take you to find a flat to rent?
- can you recomend any good letting agencies/estate agents etc. We have heard of a company called 'Posidon' or something as being good but don't know the actual name - does anyone know it?
- we don't really mind where we are in Gothenburg so long as we can catch the tram/bus into the centre. Are there any areas we look out for as being good/places to avoid?
- is it more common to have 1st or 2nd hand contracts?

Thanks in advance for your help, and if anyone hears of a 1 or 2 room flat that is available let me know!! biggrin.gif

Helen
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David Taylor
post 9.Jan.2006, 02:37 PM
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Hi Helen,
Gothenburg is a nice city no matter where you live it is pretty quiet all over. You might have to take a small apartment first and then look for a bigger apartment. There is also good transport all over the city. Poseidon or Mölndals bostäder are the only housing companies that I know of in Gothenburg but I'am sure there are plenty more. I will ask my wife when she comes home and then contact you again.
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Helenmay
post 9.Jan.2006, 03:10 PM
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Thanks for the help David. We've been living in the tiny town of Trollhattan for the last 18 months so Gothenburg will feel very big and exciting after living here!!
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Sam Schultz
post 9.Jan.2006, 03:39 PM
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Helen

1. Areas to avoid: Angered, Högsbo, Högsbohjöd, Frölunda - Higher crime areas

Better areas: Linné, Annedal, Haga, Majorna, Guldheden

2. Getting a 1st hand contract is difficult. What some people do is rent (1st hand) an apartment in Angered, where it's easier to find a 1st hand contract. Then, they trade the contract with someone who has an apartment in Haga or Linné. Of course, you have to pay 100 000 SEK to the person in Linné to exchange contracts. It's sick and illegal, but that is the way that works here in Gbg or Stk.

3. http://www.boplats.se/ - register on this website. They have all listings from poseidon and other realtors.

4. I advise you to get a map of Göteborg and start looking for an apartment right now. If you are lucky enough to find something 1st hand without having to pay some "ransom" take it.

Best of luck.
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Helenmay
post 9.Jan.2006, 04:28 PM
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Thanks for the tips Sam - hopefully we won't have to resort to paying 100 000 SEK to get a flat!!

I know Gbg quite well in terms of shopping and going out, but not so much in terms of where to live, so its good to hear which areas are good/bad. By boyfriend will be working in Lindholmen next to Chalmers uni. Does anyone live in Hisingen on the other side of the water? Whats it like?

Thanks again biggrin.gif
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*Streja*
post 9.Jan.2006, 04:46 PM
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100 000 is very cheap for a flat here! The only places you can get a flat for that price is in like Bergsjön...

I paid a lot more for mine...

Try Kortedala. It might be easier than central Gbg.
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Sam Schultz
post 9.Jan.2006, 04:47 PM
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Helen, working in Lindholmen then living in Eriksberg would be great. Rents are bit high there, but it's within walking distance of his work. The apartments there are modern, a big plus in my opinion

There are buses to centrum, a golf driving range is near-by. Close to super-market..
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David Taylor
post 9.Jan.2006, 04:51 PM
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Linne is to pricy, Haga is to pricy, If you wnat to live on top of a mountain then move to Guldheden. To be honest I have lived in Frölunda and never really saw any problems. I have many friends living in Högsbo and they have lived there very peacefully. It's the old saying if you want trouble you will get it no matter where you live.
You will pay a lot more to live in Linne, Haga and Guldheden and you will most certainly pay money up front and a lot as well. I know what I would do live somewhere a little cheaper and save my money and stay out of trouble.
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Helenmay
post 9.Jan.2006, 05:02 PM
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I don't expect us to be as central as Haga or Linne, but a reasonable closeness to the centre would be good (i.e no more than 30 mins by tram/bus)

How long have you guys taken to find a place to rent? We're living in Trollhattan at the moment, about 50km north of GBG and I'm worried that we'll miss out on seeing flats as we will ave to drive to GBG specially to see them.
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Benzed
post 9.Jan.2006, 05:10 PM
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I live in Linne, it rocks.
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Helenmay
post 9.Jan.2006, 05:15 PM
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Any chance that you might need to leave your flat Benzed and rent it to us??! laugh.gif
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David Taylor
post 9.Jan.2006, 05:20 PM
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I would really look at Frölunda then, it has probably the best tram line in Gothenburg. The trams and buses go all over town from there. Frölunda has probably the best shopping mall in town other than Nord Stan. We found a small apartment within a month of applying and that is when we lived in Ireland so you will find one. Keep phoning the housing companies and one will come available pretty quick. A wee tip is to get a reference from the housing company you are with now.

I agree Benzed Linne is cool.
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Helenmay
post 9.Jan.2006, 05:39 PM
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David - Frölunda could be wortha look then. How long does it take you to reach the centre by bus/tram? I work with the wife of our landlord and they live downstairs from us too, so hopefully we should be able to get a good reference from him. Thats good news to hear that you managed to sort your flat out from Ireland, fingesr crossed we can find one that quickly!

I've heard that when you register with the housing agencies you really have to sell yourselves and landlord/ladies will only contact you if you fit their exact requiements. Have any other people found this to be the case? How often were you contacted for flats you applied for?
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David Taylor
post 9.Jan.2006, 05:48 PM
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By tram it takes between15-20 minutes. By bus about 25-30 minutes maybe even less. It's kinda the same old story it's not what you know it's who you know but you have got to keep pestering them never give them an inch. If you guys do get a second hand contract ask to see the first hand contract as you could end up paying more than the apartment is worth. This is totally illegal and you can take the owner of the first hand contract to court to get your money back.
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Benzed
post 10.Jan.2006, 12:14 AM
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Location: Gothenburg
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QUOTE (Helen Clark)
Any chance that you might need to leave your flat Benzed and rent it to us??! laugh.gif


No chance! It´s like a pure gold bar in a sea full of coarse sand, wouldn´t give it up for the world.
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