Solution: ask a Polish friend to call a local taxi company to come to pick you up.
No need, you can order taxis by SMS in most Polish cities now.
In Krakow there are at least 2 good ones, owned by English guys.
Do they have a licence? You need to have passed the State Exam in Polish at C2 level in order to legally practice...
Remember that most landlords (Polish and foreign) prefer foreign tenants other things being equal since they are less likely to take advantage of strong tenant protection legislation.
Oh no they don't. Foreign tenants can be a nuisance, particularly if they need to register themselves to the flat.
Expect being over charged on service fees.
Not my experience. The law surrounding this is very clear, and you have the right to take the cooperative to court should you feel that they aren't acting in your best interests. Any such behaviour like that is likely to be frowned upon - unless of course, you let them take advantage. As for the decisions, you have the right to attend such meetings.
It is normal in Poland to have copies of the administration bills before you buy - if they suddenly try and increase these without reason, then no court is going to look at them in a favourable light.
Don't buy an apartment in Poland.
Better to use common sense than not to buy one.
I find that the majority of cases where people have been "ripped off" are due to buyer incompetence.