If you’ve just bought an apartment in Poland, it should quickly come to your attention that you have to pay monthly communal fees. This is the czynsz bill.
E-KARKOTEKA – FOR EASE OF USE
The company which maintains all of the buildings on my estate uses e-karkoteka.
Using a personal identifier and password, residents obtain access to their own online file where they’re able to view their obligations and payments. This information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via a standard web browser.
As can be seen in the screenshot below, the control panel enables tenants to check the following:
- rozrachunki (cash payments due)
- wykaz opłat miesięcznych (a list of monthly fees included in your czynsz bill)
- stany liczników (meter readings for central heating, warm water and cold water)
There are plenty of other features which my building maintenance company hasn’t enabled. To be frank, I’m not too interested in seeing other tenants’ adverts and notices, so this lack of access doesn’t concern me.
BREAKING DOWN MY CZYNSZ BILL
My monthly czynsz bills for October, November and December 2019, as well as January 2020, each amounted to 541 PLN, around 130 euros, for a 75m2 flat. I paid around 85 euros for a similar-sized flat in Serbia so, taking into account that I should earn significantly more in Gdańsk, I am very satisfied.
I was quite surprised when the previous owner showed me one of the czynsz bills. I had expected the monthly total to be around 650-700PLN. That said, I’d only ever encountered a czynsz bill for an old flat in central Łódź back in 2012, so I didn’t have much material to compare the czynsz bill for a much bigger and newer flat outside of Gdańsk city centre some seven years later.
If I hadn’t purchased the komórka lokatorska (a storage unit located in the underground garage) and two parking spaces from the previous owner (numbers 5 and 6 in the sample czynsz bill below), my czynsz bill would only come to 476 PLN.
Let’s translate some of the payments that I have to cover on a monthly basis (in the picture above):
no.1 – Electricity (in the building)
no.2 – Renovation fund
no.3 – Lift service fee
no.4 – Service fee for the fire prevention system and periodic fire safety review
no.8 – Communal waste – segregation
no.15 – Building insurance
no.16 – Maintenance of green spaces, snow shovelling, general cleanliness of outdoor spaces
no.17 – Cold water and canalization
no.18 – Property management fee
PAYING A CZYNSZ BILL
I must admit that my building maintenance company is rather relaxed when it comes to receiving payments for czynsz. I remember paying my September czynsz bill at the end of October without any issues.
As can be seen in the image below, all I have to do is login into e-karkoteka, click on “rozrachunki” and then hit the “zapłać” button. I can then link up with my Polish bank to transfer the money to the building services company.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the state of the building I live in, and the cleanliness of the underground garage and green spaces around the building.