HTLC Network | Serbia
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WELCOME TO SERBIA

Serbia is a land of natural, historic, cultural and ethnic contrasts. The borders between large empires ran through the territory of today’s Serbia for long periods in history:

 

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Between the Eastern and Western halves of the Roman Empire; between Royal Hungary and Byzantium; and between the Ottoman Empire and the Austrian Empire, while the north is culturally Central European, the south is rather more Oriental. Of course, both regions have influenced each other, and so the distinction between north and south is artificial to some extent.

 

Serbia’s history goes back to the 9th century, but the Serbian state, as known today, was created in 1170 by Stefan Nemanja. Serbia’s religious foundation came several years later when Stefan’s son, canonized as St. Sava, became the first archbishop of a newly autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church. Serbia reached its apex in the mid-14th century, during the rule of Tzar Stefan Dušan, under which Serbia flourished as one of the most evolved countries and cultures in Europe.

 

However, Serbian power declined in the following centuries, and only following World War I and the downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire the conditions were met for proclaiming the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes renamed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929.

 

While World War II was still raging, in 1943, a revolutionary change of the social and state system was proclaimed with the abolition of monarchy in favor of the republic. Josip Broz Tito became the first president of the new socialist Yugoslavia, a federal state comprising six republics: Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro and two autonomous regions – Vojvodina and Kosovo and Metohija.

 

After the death of Tito and with the fall of communism throughout Eastern Europe, the Yugoslav federation began to collapse. On April 27, 1992 in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro joined in passing the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. On February 4, 2003, the F.R.Y. parliament ratified the Constitutional Charter, establishing a new state union and changing the name of the country from Yugoslavia to Serbia and Montenegro.

 

In June 2006, following Montenegro’s declaration of independence, Serbia declared independence, marking the final dissolution of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, and the re-emergence of Serbia as an independent state, under its own name, for the first time since 1918.

 

Serbia has preserved considerable traces of the culture of its successive conquerors: from the Romans to the Byzantines, from the Ottomans to the Austrian Empire, they have all left unmistakable marks of their passing. The convergence of different styles and shapes has given birth to a variety of absolutely original artistic, architectural, and decorative creations. Despite its mixture of different cultures, Serbia has maintained its identity as a country which at all times has succeeded in combining the best of what other nations could offer with its own people’s vocation for freedom.

Serbia is the largest country of the Balkan Peninsula, and is often referred to as the crossroads of Europe.

 

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The international roads and railways passing down its river valleys make up the shortest link between Western and Central Europe, on one side, and the Middle East, Asia and Africa, on the other. Although Serbia is a landlocked country, its extensive river system provides an access to inland, Central and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea.

 

Serbia has an economy based on services, industry and agriculture. Minerals are the primary natural resources, and its deposits of antimony and lead are among the most significant in Europe. Deposits of coal, oil, gas, zinc, gold, chrome, and copper are abundant.

 

In the late 1980s, at the beginning of the process of economic transition, Serbia’s position was favourable, but it was gravely impacted in the 1990s by an extended period of economic sanctions, damage to infrastructure and industry during the NATO airstrikes, as well as loss of the markets of the Soviet bloc. Since January 2001, Serbia has strongly committed to establishing a modern market economy and re-entering European and global markets. Substantial reforms have been initiated to that end, particularly in creating a business-friendly environment. These include legal and economic reforms in all areas, aimed at ensuring legal security and harmonization with EU legislation and economic policies.

 

The stable currency, a budget surplus, and a restructured financial sector all demonstrate the success of Serbia’s stabilization policies, and the short-term economic outlook is positive. The country expects some major economic impulses and high growth rates in the following years, but enterprise restructuring and unemployment remain major challenges.

 

Serbia boasts a skilled and productive workforce with the wealth of experience, both in manufacturing and management. Serbia has the highest English speaking proficiency in Eastern Europe. Serbs are highly educated people, fast learners, receptive to new technologies, familiar with IT, and well versed in foreign languages.

 

The Country is equipped with facilities required to cater all needs. English is widely spoken, and there are international schools that offer American, British and German Curriculum. The Country offers a wealth of recreation, history, culture, nightlife and cuisine.

 

Spas and climatic resorts have a long-lasting tradition and have always been the favourite places for rest and relaxation. Most of the spas in Serbia are situated at the feet of mountains, with a mild climate and ecologically clean environments.

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 Serbia please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

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

An unfurnished property will be totally empty; this means no kitchen, and at times no bathroom fixtures.

A semi-furnished property will include kitchen, light fittings and also bathroom furniture.

Furnished properties are quite common, and can include anything from the basics such as kitchen, 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 air conditioning, laundry, 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 can i secure a property i choose?

When you choose a property you can ensure that it will not be rented to someone else by paying a ‘down payment’. The parties involved agree upon the figure required for the advance payment, but it usually corresponds to one-month rent.

In this way the property is ‘blocked’ for maximum thirty days. When the final contract is signed, the deposit is deducted from the rental payment due. Should the tenant withdraw from the Agreement, the deposit is lost. If the landlord wants to withdraw from his contractual obligations, he will legally be required to repay the tenant double the figure he received in advance.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have; Our Basic Package includes 8 properties and our Standard 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.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

– Real Estate agency fees: From half a month to one-month rental value.
– Security deposit: usually 1-month rental value, although this may vary according to the property and the length of the contract.
– First rental payment (minus a holding deposit if previously paid). Some landlords require an upfront payment of 3 months to 1 year’s rent. This will be specified in the contract. In some cases, paying in advance could provide reduction of rental fees.
– Rent is usually paid quarterly.

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

All the expenses are separate from the rent, and related to consumption (heating, electricity, water, telephone, garbage , state TV etc.) as well as any condominium expenses (cleaning and lighting of the shared areas, elevator etc.).

What is the process flow to rent a property?

Once the property is selected, HTLC Network will negotiate on your behalf. Once 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 HTLC Network’ 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, or the tenant leaves the property before the initial agreement, Emc Network will be able to negotiate the return of the deposit for you.

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

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

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 of the property, unless otherwise stated in the contract, the tenant will be held responsible for the expenses incurred.

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

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

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

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

Emc 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 month of lease with the mutual agreement of both parties.

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

ELECTRICITY – billed according to consumption (there are two different rates determined by the time of the day in which you use the electricity).

INFOSTAN” bill – includes expenses for water, central heating, and Condominium (including the garbage tax, and cleaning of the stairs).

– There is also a monthly tax that consists of the subscription to the National Media Broadcasting Service (RTS – Radio Television of Serbia) of 300,00 CSD (around 3,5 EUR)

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 Serbia, 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 – telephone lines service 96% of the Belgrade region. In cases where there is no line, an installation fee has to be paid. Apart from a copy of the rental contract, no particular document is required when applying for the installation. Your Relocation Coordinator will arrange this for you.

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

Normally it will be installed within 10 days.

How will i be billed?

You can request bills be sent to property address on a monthly basis.

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).

SERBIA FAQ - Driving
Is my licence valid in Serbia ?

Foreign citizens may drive in Serbia on their national Drivers licence accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP) for a period of three months. A foreign driving licence is valid in Serbia for up to three months, after which, it has to be converted into a Serbian one.

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

A foreign registered car can be driven for three months after which it has to be registered in Serbia.

Can I buy a car?

Yes.

SERBIA FAQ - Work Permit
What documentation is required for workers coming to Serbia?

Foreigners wishing to work in Serbia require a Business or Residence Permit (according to category of employment/professional engagement) and a Work Permit. Applications are made locally after arrival of transferee.

Can I stay in Serbia during the time that the Work Permit application is being processed?

Yes, you can.

What about my family?

Your family members can apply for a Residence Permit but if they want to work in Serbia, they will require a Work Permit too.

SERBIA FAQ - About HTLCNetwork
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.

SERBIA 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 document 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’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

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: 88,361 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+1
Capital city: Belgrade
Bordering countries: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina
Climate: continental climate in the north, (cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall); Adriatic climate in the south (hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy inland snowfall)

Government

Stateform: Republic
Legislative Branch: Unicameral Parlament
National Holiday: 15 February, 27 April
Currency: Dinar (RSD)

Population

Population: Approximately 9,4 million
Religion: Serbian Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic, and Protestant
Languages: Serbian (official nationwide); Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, and Croatian (all official in Vojvodina); Albanian (official in Kosovo)
Ethnic Groups: Serb majority with a large Albanian and Hungarian Communities.