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WELCOME TO HUNGARY

Hungary is a landlocked country located in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe. The landscape consists mostly of plains in the east, low hills to the west, and small mountains to the north.

 

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The Country can be divided into three major regions: the Great Plain; the Transdanube; and the Northern Hills. The two main rivers are the Danube and the Tisza. Hungary is also home of the largest freshwater lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton, that is often referred to as “the Hungarian Sea.”

 

This small country is one of the great survivors of history: states and empires emerged, expanded or disintegrated and disappeared around it. The Hungarian nation survived the invasion of the Tartars, Turks, Habsburgs and Russians.

 

The people of Hungary call themselves Magyars because they trace their history to the Magyar conquest of Hungary. By the early 11th century, they had been unified politically and converted to Western Christianity. Their first king, Stephen I, was declared a saint.

 

At the start of the 14th century foreign rulers took over. In the 16th and 17th centuries most of Hungary was in the Ottoman Empire. A strip in the west was in the empire ruled by the Habsburg family of Austria. By the end of the 17th century the Habsburgs had conquered almost all of Hungary. In 1848 the Hungarians rebelled against Habsburg rule, but the revolt was crushed. In 1867 a compromise was reached with the Habsburgs that created a dual monarchy, called Austria-Hungary.

 

After World War I (1914-1918) the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved, and Hungary became fully independent. Following World War II a Communist government took power and Hungary joined the Soviet-bloc countries that were subservient to the USSR. In 1956, a revolt and announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos Kadar in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called “Goulash Communism.” Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.

After 40 years of communism, Hungary has emerged as a dynamic and progressive country that reflects 1,000 years of history and culture.

 

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Even before the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Hungary was the most progressive of Europe’s Communist countries, allowing more foreign investment and attracting more tourism than its neighbours. This head start is most apparent in Budapest, the capital, which has rapidly closed the gap with other Western European capitals.

 

With the entry into the European Union, Hungary has seen economic reform and strong economic growth, both of which have helped to make Hungary a leader among the reformist economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Hungary possesses few natural resources other than bauxite, coal, oil, and natural gas. Agriculture, while important politically, has declined in economic importance. Hungary’s strategic location in the heart of central Europe, a well-educated population, and a history of government policies favourable to foreign investment, all combine to give the economy a remarkable degree of openness.

 

Budapest offers the familiarity of European culture with a distinctive Hungarian flavour and continues to be a place where one can enjoy a relatively low cost of living. The city offers something for everyone—world-class cultural events, recreational facilities, country festivals, Western-style shopping centres, museums, thermal spas, antique-filled flea markets, cafés, and Hungarian and international cuisine. In addition, Hungary’s location makes it ideal for extensive travel outside the country. There is also a fairly large choice of international schools, expat groups and other community activities. Although English is not widely spoken, a fair number of locals do speak some English, particularly the young.

 

In addition to Budapest, Hungary’s beautiful towns and villages host a variety of unique and interesting productions and festivals throughout the year to celebrate national heritage, Hungarian history, and cultural, gastronomic, and sporting events. In an effort to preserve Hungary’s historical and cultural treasures, Budapest is home to over 60 museums. Lake Balaton is the summer retreat for many Hungarians and other Europeans that offers swimming, windsurfing, sunbathing, sailing, fishing, and thermal springs. The lakeside resorts of Balatonfured, Siofok, and Tihany are about 90 minutes from Budapest by car and have numerous hotel facilities. Cottages are available for rent throughout the Balaton Region.

 

The national culture and its regional variations are shaped by patterns rooted in a long and unique Eastern European history, therefore an assignment to Hungary requires adjusting to a different pace and way of life, but yet an interesting yet challenging destination for an international assignment.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.

 

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• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service

 

For more info about our immigration services in Hungary please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

budapestResource guide:

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary,and one of the largest cities in the European Union. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with its unification on 17 November 1873 of Buda and Óbuda, on the west bank, with Pest, on the east bank.

 

Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. It has 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, the second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building.

 

Considered a financial hub in Central Europe, the city ranked 3rd on Mastercard’s Emerging Markets Index, and ranked as the most liveable Central and Eastern European city on EIU’s quality of life index.

HUNGARY FAQ - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

An unfurnished property will include a heating system, kitchen stove and furnishings, bathroom fixtures and furnishings.

 

A semi-furnished property will include a heating system, kitchen stove and furnishings, bathroom fixtures and furnishings bed(s), wardrobes, curtains, lamps and/or any other equipment agreed upon.

 

Furnished properties are quite common, and can include anything from the basics such as kitchen furniture, table, chairs, beds, and bathroom furniture to everything you could possibly require in a property. Soft furnishings are frequently included. A fully furnished property frequently includes dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, smaller/supplementary furniture, decorations, garden equipment, cable TV, ADSL or ISDN phone lines, alarm systems.

 

Your Relocation Coordinator will confirm whether or not the property has these facilities.

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

It is always worth trying to offer a slightly lower figure than the asking price or request to have other furniture installed or work done on the property. Generally, if the requests of a prospective tenant are high and costly, the landlord will agree to do the works requested with an increase in the rent. It is not likely that a landlord will agree to undertake work on the property, install extra furniture and lower the price.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have; Our Basic Package includes 8 properties and our Extended Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

How can I secure a property that I choose?

When you choose a property you can ensure that it will not be rented to someone else by making a ‘preliminary contract’. A holding deposit is frequently requested in these cases. This sum is usually decided in the preliminary arrangements, especially if the lessee requests certain adjustments, renovations, furnishings etc. to be carried out on the property.

 

A holding deposit is required if the property is in high demand or if there will be a period of time before the lease can commence. It is advisable to pay this fee only in the event of being certain that you will sign the contract.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

– Real Estate agency fees include legal fees for the preparation of the final contract. The real estate agent’s fee is charged to the real estate’s owner. Exceptions are rare and are made only in cases of special request.

 

– Security deposit: usually 3-month rental value or a percentage of the property’s value although this may vary according to the property and the length of the contract. This deposit covers the consequences of possible mishandle, the rental fees’, the general utility fees’ assurances and the guarantees of moving out.

– Rent is usually paid monthly

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

The expenses of usage or the utility fees (such as: heating, electricity, water, sewage, telephone) are almost always to be paid alongside the rental fee. Exceptions may occur in those residences in apartment buildings (apartment), where of the utility fees, such as garbage disposal, cleaning, security, swimming pool and garage usage, heating are part of the condominium fee. This may very in each individual case, depending on the construction of the house and the deed of foundation.

What is the process flow to rent a property?

Once the property is selected, Emc Network will negotiate on your behalf. When an agreement has been reached, a legally valid contract is prepared. An appointment is arranged for the tenant (or company representative) and landlord to sign the contract. The contract is read through and the Emc Network’s Local Counsellor will translate as necessary.

 

All the copies of the contract should then be signed. As soon as you enter the apartment, we will arrange a thorough inventory/property inspection together with the landlord and your Local Counsellor.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

Provided that the property and any furnishings are returned in the state in which they were initially rented (HTLC Network will ensure a thorough inventory is taken of the property and furnishings upon entry) and the correct notice period is served to the landlord, HTLC Network will be able to negotiate a full deposit return when you vacate the property.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

HTLC Network will ensure a diplomatic break clause is inserted into the contract for the protection of the tenant. In the contract it is often possible to include a notice period even as short as 1 month.

 

The Deposit shall be returned to the Lessee upon return of the premises and cost settlement, usually within 15 days from the date the Agreement is terminated or it will be used as the payment for the last months of lease with the mutual agreement of both parties.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

In Hungary the tenant is responsible for general maintenance whereas the landlord is responsible for major repairs.

 

Basically this means that all plumbing and electrical fixtures that are outside of the walls or visible are the responsibility of the tenant (leaking taps, door bell that does not work etc.). The landlord is responsible for the plumbing and electrical system within the walls of the property; e.g. heating pipes. It is however, the tenant’s duty to inform the landlord immediately about any repairs that need to be carried out. In the case of misuse, or deliberate damage to the property, unless otherwise stated in the contract, the tenant will be held responsible for the expenses incurred.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Only with written permission from the landlord.

 

Small changes (e.g. hanging of towel rails in the bathroom) may be made but the property is to be handed back in exactly the same state it was consigned. Therefore, any holes made in the walls must be filled and painted over before leaving the property, unless a different agreement is made with the landlord.

 

In case alterations have been made to improve the property without the written permission of the landlord, the landlord has the right not to reimburse any expenses the tenant has had in relation to the work. In cases where the landlord does not approve o the changes made, he/she has the right to require the tenant to put the property back into its original condition.

HUNGARY FAQ - Utilities
What utility expenses will I have to pay?

– Utility payments are never included in the rent. Tenants are responsible to pay for electricity, heating and hot water according to consumption. A garbage tax is also levied on each property.

 

– Condominium includes cleaning of the stairs, lighting of the shared areas and elevator, cold water and sewage costs.

 

Please note that many technicians do not speak English.

Will I be able to get Satellite TV?

Yes. Most city areas, especially in the bigger cities of Hungary, are linked to cable or satellite TV.

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

Telephone lines are already available in most properties. In cases where there is no line, an installation fee and a security deposit must be paid.

 

Necessary documents in order to obtain a phone line are: copy of passport, rental contract, signature of a ‘declaration of loyalty’. Your Relocation Coordinator will arrange this for you.

How long do i have to wait for my telephone line?

Normally it will be installed in two weeks.

How will i be billed?

Bills arrive to the property address every 2 months.

What about Internet connection?

There are a number of possibilities: you can have the connection through the normal phone line, with the ADSL line or through a cable TV connection (broadband).

HUNGARY FAQ - Driving
Is my licence valid in Hungary?

An EU driver’s licence is valid in Hungary.

 

A Non-EU driving licence is valid in Hungary for up to one year. After 12 months of residency in Hungary, all non-EU licences must be converted. A driving exam is necessary in order to obtain a Hungarian driving license.

Please note:

When driving in Hungary on a NON–EU driver’s license, you must always carry a photocopy of a passport and your residency permit with you at all times.

For how long can I drive my own car in Hungary?

A foreign registered car can be driven in Hungary, until residency has been obtained. It must be then registered immediately.

Please note:

The registration process of a foreign car in Hungary is very tedious and time consuming. A technical inspection is mandatory in order to establish that the car possesses all EU requirements. Cars older than seven years will most likely be refused registration.

Can I buy a car?

Yes.

HUNGARY FAQ - Work Permit
What documentation is required for workers coming to Hungary?

With Hungary’s entrance into the European Union, citizens from the other EU member states do not need a Work Permit, but just need to register if the stay is longer than 90 days.

 

Non-EU workers require a Work Permit, a work visa and a Residence Permit.

How long does it take to obtain the above documentation?

Once the application is filed, it can take up to 2 months for the issue the Work Permit. Work visa can be approved in up to 90 days. Whereas the Residence Permit is generally issued on the same day of application.

What about my family?

In cases where the worker brings along his or her family, a statement and documentation for the other family members must be submitted when applying for the permit. Family members will require a Residence Permit.

HUNGARY FAQ - ABOUT HTLC NETWORK
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

HUNGARY FAQ - For Corporate
How does HTLC Network assist with Immigration?

HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney  to act on behalf of the individual and company.

 

When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.

What time scale should be allowed to process Work Permit applications?

When all paper work has been prepared, approved and signed by the relevant companies, it can take 6-8 weeks during which time Italian law states that the expatriate must not be in Italy.

How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.

 

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s ‘Camera di Commercio’ demonstrating position within the Company.

 

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

 

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

 

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

 

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

How does HTLC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

 

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

 

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Geography

Area: 93,030 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+1
Capital city: Budapest
Bordering countries: Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine
Climate: temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers

Government

Stateform: parliamentary democracy
Legislative Branch: unicameral National Assembly
National Holiday: 20 August
Currency: Forint (HUF)

Population

Population: Approximately 10 million
Religion: Roman Catholic, Calvinist, Lutheran, and Greek Catholic
Languages: Hungarian
Ethnic groups: Hungarian majority with a small Roma Community