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Posted by: Helenmay 9.Jan.2006, 02:18 PM

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

Posted by: David Taylor 9.Jan.2006, 02:37 PM

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.

Posted by: Helenmay 9.Jan.2006, 03:10 PM

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!!

Posted by: Sam Schultz 9.Jan.2006, 03:39 PM

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.

Posted by: Helenmay 9.Jan.2006, 04:28 PM

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

Posted by: Streja 9.Jan.2006, 04:46 PM

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.

Posted by: Sam Schultz 9.Jan.2006, 04:47 PM

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..

Posted by: David Taylor 9.Jan.2006, 04:51 PM

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.

Posted by: Helenmay 9.Jan.2006, 05:02 PM

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.

Posted by: Benzed 9.Jan.2006, 05:10 PM

I live in Linne, it rocks.

Posted by: Helenmay 9.Jan.2006, 05:15 PM

Any chance that you might need to leave your flat Benzed and rent it to us??! laugh.gif

Posted by: David Taylor 9.Jan.2006, 05:20 PM

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.

Posted by: Helenmay 9.Jan.2006, 05:39 PM

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?

Posted by: David Taylor 9.Jan.2006, 05:48 PM

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.

Posted by: Benzed 10.Jan.2006, 12:14 AM

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.

Posted by: Streja 10.Jan.2006, 01:33 PM

Jesus...I tried for a long time to get a flat anywhere in Gbg and you got it from Ireland after a month??????

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 01:38 PM

Streja - any tips for the renting/housing company you used to get your place? How long did it take you?

Posted by: Streja 10.Jan.2006, 01:48 PM

I bought mine...after struggling for a long time...the same day I signed the contract I went home and noticed I got an email offering me a flat to rent haha in the same area where I had just bought one!

I am better off for having bought it though...it has increased its value a lot.

I think you should call or email all the landlords you can find.

Posted by: The Teenage Diplomat 10.Jan.2006, 01:53 PM

A flat after a month in GBG, jesus, if I were supposed to look for one there I would expect a que of a few years at best laugh.gif

Posted by: Braderunner Rennuredarb 10.Jan.2006, 02:00 PM

laugh.gif

I feel spoiled...I was told in November that I was going to have to leave my G'brg flat by March 1...but I had another lined up before x-mas. Move at the end of this month :wink:

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 02:08 PM

Hearing some sucess stories has made me feel as though we'll actually find one before April/May. Fingers crossed anyway!!

How have your experiences with 2nd hand contracts been? Or is it not so much of a problem in GBG getting a 1st hand one?

Posted by: David Taylor 10.Jan.2006, 02:19 PM

Like I sais it's not what you know it's who you know. We knew one of the caretakers that works for Poseidon and he did help us a lot. We have lost contact with him because he was the boyfriend of my wifes friend. If you are not moving until April/May then you have nothing to worry about. My wife and I are moving to Stockholm because she is accepted to the police academy and we got an apartment within a month. It isn't a very big apartment but sometimes you have to make a loss to make a gain.

It's like I said get into one first and then you will be more acceptable. As you already said Helen you will get a very good reference and that is half the battle.

Posted by: Wanna-be 10.Jan.2006, 02:24 PM

There's more life in a graveyard than there is in Gothenberg, then again it's not called "gay heaven" for nothing.

:twisted:

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 03:49 PM

Thanks for your help David and good luck with the move to Stockholm!

Posted by: VikingHumpingWitch 10.Jan.2006, 05:34 PM

I'm also moving to Gbg (from London) soon and this thread scares me.

Our plan is that my Swede will move out and stay with his parents while looking for a flat, I'll stay in London while he's doing this. I was thinking of giving him a month to find one, is this a laughably short time then? I need to know so that I know when to date my notice!

Posted by: Streja 10.Jan.2006, 07:30 PM

It is a bit short really I think. Especially if you have no contacts I think. How about buying something? Is that a possibility?

Posted by: Haz 10.Jan.2006, 07:53 PM

my advice if you are moving to Gbg, if you are going to bomb a porn shop, do it at night, if you are going to rob a money van, don't do it with women around (also if you are not going to bomb the porn shop, but just buy porn you won't want the women either).

Posted by: Streja 10.Jan.2006, 07:55 PM

Haz...you're not sticking to the subject really are you...

About the flat thing...sign up for the services some of the companies offer online.

Posted by: Eyallow 10.Jan.2006, 07:57 PM

QUOTE (Sam Schultz)
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.


Crime is not rife in these areas; Högsbo, Högsbohjöd. Angered, frölunda and bergsjön maybe. The two areas u added are quite good neighbourhoods populated mainly by families and the elderly!

Posted by: Haz 10.Jan.2006, 08:13 PM

maybe, maybe not but i don't think he wants to hear that i found an apartment in 15minutes of starting to look. It was the first number i called and got it with no problem, i live 3min walk from the sea, in a little cute little red house. i like riding my bike, but the bus/tram is close and can get me to anywhere in the city. People are strange here and will look in peoples houses when they walk by, including mine. I wan't to give them the finger, except for that one time a month or so when a pretty girl will, by grace of heaven, walk by. At which time i flex my big strong arms and do small mating ritualistic dances in my front yard. My neigbors have started hanging garlic over there doorway and a cross on every window since i moved in. I don't drink any booze, and my friends are all afraid of the sunlight, which there isn't much of here, but none the less we never do anything outside together. Most of the small little stores around (the kind of small stores i like to frequent for food etc), are run by Iranians or Kurds, they are nice people and i often talk to them. The places i buy tea and spice and similar iteams are all run by swedes, none of those people talk to me except for this one time when one women mistook me for someone else. Which is odd because i go the store once a week, look like an idiot (hard to forget,) buy odd stuff and speak english, yet she offered to sell me something for my (non existent) girlfriend. The best things that happen during the week are when i go the gym, or when i eat alot of cheese (o the swede at the chease store in frolunda is nice) and after eating the chease i take a big dump, which is the best part. That hardly ever smells either which is nice. I always cook my own food, execpt for when i buy pizza. I don't like the food here for the most part, and my cooking could be more inspired.

welcome to Gbg

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 08:17 PM

Thanks for the really useful pot Haz - I'll bear all that in mind when I'm looking for a flat.

Posted by: Haz 10.Jan.2006, 08:24 PM

-.-.- earth to Helen .-.-. earth to Helen .-.-. do you read me Helen .-.-.-.-.

trying to get, let alone follow, advice from strangers that know nothing about you or what you are looking for on the INTERNET of all places isn't really logical.

All you need to know

- It costs alot to get anapartment
- it takes a long time (unless of course you are super-fabulus like me and the world does things like i don't know ... warms the toilet seat right-up before you get ready to take a wee-wee at night)

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 09:23 PM

There was me thinking that a discussion board for moving to Sweden was a good place to ask for advice but you obviously know more about the internet than me Haz.

I asked a couple of simple questions...

QUOTE (Helen Clark)
- 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?


..so yes, strangers do know what I'm asking.

Posted by: VikingHumpingWitch 10.Jan.2006, 09:39 PM

QUOTE (Streja)
It is a bit short really I think. Especially if you have no contacts I think. How about buying something? Is that a possibility?


Our plan is to buy somewhere but I wanted to rent first even if it was just for a short while because otherwise we'll rush into buying a flat just to get out of his parents' place, and I'm not sure that's so bright.

Bugger. I really don't want to be here alone in London for too long, but I don't want to be shacked up at his parents house for months either. Maybe if I offer a year's rent up front I can get ahead in the queue, or something...

Helen I think askng advice in here is what it's for, isn't it?

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 09:44 PM

QUOTE (VikingHumpingWitch)
Helen I think askng advice in here is what it's for, isn't it?

Well thats what I'd hoped!!

Hopefully with your boyfriend actually being Swedish and being in GBG will make it easier. My bf and I speak OKish Swedish but I don't know how we'll do reading contracts and having to drive to GBG from Trollhattan if/when a flat turns up... Fingers crossed for us both and I'll maybe see you there!! biggrin.gif

Posted by: VikingHumpingWitch 10.Jan.2006, 09:46 PM

Meeting up would be cool! (You're not the Helen who once replied to me on the very very dead BritsInSweden forum are you - English teaching assistant...?) I'll have to get there first though, at this rate it'll be 2007 before I actually make the move!

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 09:51 PM

Yes, it is me! Sweden is a small world like that!! Would be good to meet up but I'm not sure how to go about getting in touch as I don't really fancy sticking my email on here for everyone... :?

Posted by: Haz 10.Jan.2006, 09:52 PM

QUOTE (Helen Clark)
There was me thinking that a discussion board for moving to Sweden was a good place to ask for advice but you obviously know more about the internet than me Haz.


don't worry about me, im just trolling

- how long did it take you to find a flat to rent?
-- 15 minutes

- 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?

-- i found the number posted on a wall and called 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?

-- i think you get what you pay for, and i really don't think there any "bad" places in Gbg
every place is very close to the train so don't worry about that

- is it more common to have 1st or 2nd hand contracts?

-- i rented directly from the (little houses) owner.


Best of Luck,
- When you come here we can have Tea Together, On me, I promise.

Posted by: Helenmay 10.Jan.2006, 09:53 PM

Thank you Haz! See you for tea soon then!

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