Elections in Belgium can seem pretty complicated, especially for expats who might struggle with the language barrier. In this post, we’ll give you a taste of how the Belgian political system works, and show you how/if you can vote.
Every 6 years there are municipal and provincial (i.e. East Flanders) elections
In this guide I provide you with tips and tricks to fixed Internet in Ghent. I divided this into 6 steps. Starting with an outline why Internet in Ghent and Belgium is expensive. Next, I provide information about download speed and internet provider for your location before showing tools to
You got the job - congratulations! Now you’re being sent 20 pages of Dutch legalese and you just want to know how much you’ll be paid and when you can go on holiday. The Belgian employment system can be pretty complicated, and there are considerable differences compared to other EU
There’s lots to do when moving house in Ghent, and that’s even before you scuttle off to IKEA to start buying new furniture. If you’re completely new to the city read our articles about where to live and renting an apartment. But if you’re already living in Ghent and it’s
The following information describes how to register to live in Ghent city centre if you will be an employee here. If you are living in a house/apartment with postcode 9000 you will need to follow this process. It is colloquially known as the ‘Zuid process’ because most appointments take place
Where do I start?
We recommend that wherever you’re coming from and whatever you plan to do while you’re in Ghent, you always start by describing your situation to the Infopunt Migratie. You can email them at infopuntmigratie@stad-gent. They will recommend where you should make an appointment and which documents you need
A deposit isn’t a legal requirement in Belgium. But if the landlord chooses to have the tenant pay one, then the conditions of it do become a legal requirement. Be very suspicious if you get offered a rental contract that doesn’t require a deposit. It might indicate that the landlord
There are four recognised durations for rental contracts in Belgium. Mutual agreement to end a contract before it’s up is always possible without any penalties needing to be paid, but it does need to be mutual, and it’s advised to get it in writing. But if no mutual agreement is
Believe it or not, legally in Belgium you can have a verbal or written rental agreement. However, as most people are likely to get, or insist upon, a written agreement, we’re focusing our posts about rental agreements on that. This overview covers what you can expect to see in a
Plaatsbeschrijving literally means ‘place description’ and - although it sounds simple - it can cause a lot of confusion for expats moving to Ghent, probably because it’s not that common in other countries. Here’s a basic overview of how the plaatsbeschrijving system (a legal requirement when renting a property) works