Prague landlords reluctant to let flats to foreigners

Prague, Dec 5 (CTK) – Landlords in Prague often refuse to let their flats to foreigners, mostly those from the Far East for various reasons, MfD writes, adding that this is revealed by the ads, real estate agents and the foreigners themselves.
More than 172,000 foreigners live in the cosmopolitan city of Prague, which is roughly 37 percent of their total number in the Czech Republic, MfD writes, citing statistics.
If you are from the “bad” part of the world, which means from almost anywhere, you may have a problem, it adds.
“It is quite the same category as with people who have pet dogs. The landlords want to be sure that their flat worth three million crowns will not be vandalised,” Jan Martina, director of a regional office of M and M Reality brokers, is quoted as saying.
“They are also afraid of communication problems. One can hardly sue a Ukrainian, Armenian or a Kazakh,” he added.
There is a big problem with providing accommodation to the Vietnamese and Chinese and the reason is bizarre, Martina said.
“The clients are afraid that Asian cuisine stinks and the smell will stay in their flats,” he adds.
Immigrants from the former Soviet Union and the Middle East in general face problems, Martina said.
“No one will tell you this directly. But it is obvious that if a landlord has two bidders, the Czech one is chosen,” a Turk who requested anonymity and who lives in Prague is quoted as saying.
“Lots of friends have recently told me that they cannot find any housing. It does not matter from where they are. An Algerian, Tunisian, Moroccan. Are you a foreigner? No, thanks,” an Algerian, who also requested anonymity, told the paper.
“Due to the migrant crisis and terrorist attacks, people consider every foreigner an assassin,” he added.
However, the view is not shared by all foreigners.