UK Citizens going abroad can apply for the FREE EU Health Insurance CardEU Health Insurance Card that covers many of the common Healthcare treatments when in Hungary and other EU Countries.
The Immigration department likes it when you have an EHIC because it means you are not burdening the Hungarian Health system financially.
Give permission to your property lawyer and let them handle everything on your behalf. That is what we did.
In Hungary a Property Lawyer can set up your Utility Bills, Land Registry paperwork and much more.
I opened a bank account with UniCredit for both immigration and renovation purposes.
It's easier to pay D.I.Y Shops, Supermarkets, etc with a UniCredit Debit Card rather than exchange GBP into HUF all the time.
The Correct Change Bureau De Change, located at Tisza Lajos Körút 57 (Szeged city centre), has excellent exchange rates. They have branches in Budapest too.
It's worth taking a tram/bus into the city centre because you will still receive more money than outside the city centre.
An estate agent can relay your bids and terms of purchase with the apartment seller, even when you are not in Hungary.
Home & People were great - Very fast and professional, but more importantly negotiated a good price for my apartment.
OFFI Hungarian TranslatorsOFFI is the official Hungarian agency that deals with Hungarian/English translation/interpreter work.
OFFI offer voice-over services as well as written document work.
If you need to check a Hungarian company's credentials and/or purchase its "More Info" Document, you can use the Company Hungary website.
It is similar to the UK Companies House webcheck and allows you to check by VAT Number, Registration Number or Company Name.
The Szeged Land Registry WebsiteLand Registry Office were very kind and helpful in stamping my final property contract.
Their stamp proved to the immigration officials that I had a property in my name.
The British Embassy WebsiteBritish Embassy in Budapest has various services to help you, including...
.....Visa, Passport, Emergency Docs, Notary, Marriage and Travel advice among others.
Hungaro Minibus Ltd - E-mail - HU Tel: 06 70 429 3673 - UK Tel: +44 (0)208 3498123 - UK Mobile: +44 (0)7540 634755 - is one of the companies Tünde uses for box delivery to/from the UK and Hungary. 0-25Kg is £30.
On this web page is a list of website links and contact details of professionals you might want to consider visiting/contacting for the purpose of property purchase, legal advice and/or Hungarian language interpretation/translation services in Szeged, Hungary.
Also included are website links and contact details of the various government offices and so on you might need to contact and/or visit in person in relation to immigration and tax. Hopefully you will find these resources useful.
Dr Klara Abraham is the current lawyer, and lawyer for many years, of my Hungarian friend Tünde - Dr Klara Abraham did everything for me in terms of the actual apartment contract, land registry title deeds, paying the taxman their 4% for stamp-duty and setting up my electric/gas account. Although she does not speak English she does have access to an interpreter/translator when need be. I found her to be very professional and polite and would definitely recommend her.
UniCredit allowed me to set up a bank account with just a property contract and a passport, even though I did not have the property's keys yet or access to its letterbox. They were good enough to allow my debit card to be delivered to another address. And the bank manageress, who speaks fluent English, was fantastic. She helped with the set up of the bank account and activation of the online banking. The online banking website is in English and very easy to use.
Dr Klara Abraham's lawyer office is just across the road from the UniCredit bank
Home & People are the estate agents that advertised, online, the apartment I bought. They were very good at setting up meetings with the owners (a limited company) in order to negotiate pre-contract terms and conditions, prices and a final offer. Home & People were very professional and I highly recommend them.
The Szeged Immigration Office is where EU Citizens go to inform immigration that they have just purchased their first property and would therefore like to apply for a Residency Permit and Address Card, which are not guaranteed to be granted. Immigration OfficeRead More Information
The Land Registry office, just a few buildings away from the Immigration Office, is the place to go if you have any queries regarding your newly purchased property's title deeds and/or previous owner. Note Well: There are special times and dedicated land registry officials for lawyers only, therefore you should leave anything title deed related to your lawyer. You would use the land registry to inform them of change of name for example.
The Land Registry Office is only a few buildings away from the Immigration Office
This is the main post office in Szeged city centre. It is located on the corner of Széchenyi Tér (the park side), which joins up with Kiss Menyhért Utca and Nagy Jenő Utca. As you cross over the pedestrian (zebra) crossing the post office entrance is on the right side of the tram stop (Tram #2), where you see the Hungarian flag flying (bottom-right picture shows the entrance on the left). The entrance faces the tram stop and Széchenyi Tér (the square/park - top-right picture).
The post office entrance faces the square and is NOT on the corner of its building.
On the far corner of the same building, on the junction of Széchenyi Tér and Deák Ferenc Utca (going towards the Belvárosi híd - Downtown Bridge) is the sorting office. This is where you collect "I missed the postman" parcels and letters from, as well as your address card from Budapest. On the two occasions I had to visit the place, to sign for recorded delivery letters, I found the fluent English speaking staff very polite and helpful.
Tünde told me the first time I went to Szeged that Correct Change in the city centre was, and still is, the best Bureau De Change in Szeged. It has very good exchange rates. Tesco's also has a Bureau De Change with reasonable rates, but if you can make a trip into the city centre it will be worth it.
This bureau de change is literally right next door to Correct Change and often has slightly better or slightly worse exchange rates than Correct Change, so it is really a case of checking both bureau de changes for the best rates. Sometimes they give higher rates depending on the amount of money you want exchanging.
TIP: The branch in Szeged Árkád Centre is open on Saturday (9am - 8pm) and Sunday (10am - 6pm).
This is the Szeged EDF office to go to when you want to sign a contract with them or have problems with your electricity/meter. Things such as sending a meter reading and paying bills can be done online these days, but sometimes your circumstances require a personal visit of course.
The EDF office is good for personal visits, but many things can be done online too.
This is the government contracted company in charge of your central heating (installation and maintenance of your radiators and their water system) - If you have any problems with your heating (i.e. in winter when they turn on the water for your apartment block) call: 06 62 548 854.
This is the company (executive: Kosár lászlo Gábor) who sold me my Szeged apartment, via the Home&People estate agent. I found them to be very friendly, very punctual and very professional.
This is where you go if you need to enquire about General Taxation, Renting Property, Personal Taxation, Oversea Taxation, etc. For UK Citizens there is a Dual Tax treaty that states you do not have to pay the same property income/tax twice, in two countries.
As an example: You would pay tax on rental income to the Hungarian government but then MIGHT be exempt from paying it, in full, in the UK; although you would still need to declare it in your annual self-assessment. Meaning, the UK MIGHT be able to claim any tax differences between the two countries. So if you pay the Hungarian government the equivalent of 14 Percent, the UK government MIGHT claim the other 6 Percent from you - So it is not a case of you will not pay the UK but more of a case of "might pay a little". Consult an accountant for more information.
This is the Szeged Documents district office for Hungarians living in Szeged. Besides being used to issue local Hungarians their address card it also deals with other documents relating to passport, identification and vehicle.
Although I have had never had a need to use a British Embassy in my life, I am sure they are very useful when needed. In terms of my Szeged apartment, its renovation and paperwork, there was at no point need for the British Embassy; I am quite sure it would be the same story for anyone buying a property elsewhere in Hungary.
If you have changed your name by deed-poll it is best to have your 'Change Of Name' Deeds authenticated prior to visiting the immigration office in Szeged/Hungary. Notary UK will visit the British Home Office in London (UK), and the Hungarian Embassy in London (UK) if necessary, in order for them to issue you with an ‘Apostille’ - This legalised documentation issued by the British Home Office confirms your previous name(s) and more importantly confirms your deed-poll paperwork to be genuine.
When I changed my name in 2010 I asked a friend to 'sign as witness' the deed-poll paperwork, which was recognised by the bank, passport office and so on, but in hindsight I should of got that paperwork witnessed by a solicitor. This is because, unbeknown to me, many countries like to see a solicitor's signature 'as witness' so that the paperwork can be legally recognised.
Anyway, with the Notary UK authentication of the paperwork (British Home Office stamped ‘Apostille’) it acts as an internationally recognised 'Change Of Name' document. It is the ‘Apostille’ that the Hungarian immigration office would be interested in seeing. In my case though no immigration official asked to see it, so I felt like I spent £250 for nothing! Saying that; Do not take chances with the immigration office. It is best to be safe than sorry as the saying goes.