KrakowRenter25 18 Jun 2019 #1I'm looking to rent a flat in Krakow from a private individual. This is a short-term lease, which I understand is one that is for fewer than 10 years and of fixed duration, in my case one year. (Umowa Najmu Okazjonalnego Lokalu).Apart from some common terms, such as two months deposit the owner wants me to find a person, who owns a property (or mortgaged) to agree to take me into their home should I be evicted. He says this is because for foreigners he is not sure how the Courts would deal with the matter of eviction. (Zgoda Na Zamieszkanie Najemcy Po Ustaniu Stosunku Najmu).This, as well as the lease, would be signed before a Notary plus a sworn translator.What can I do about this? Is it perfectly proper? Discriminatory against foreigners? Is it only valid for short-term leases? And what real protections does he gain? It still has to go via the Court system and a judge, right?Within the freedom of contract, and within the EU, why does it have to be a Polish address?Read on for my opinion.I find such a clause very difficult to accept. I am a professional person, in my early thirties. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth because I find it to be a discriminatory contract term. Of course I believe in the freedom to contract, but if all landlords wanted such terms then essentially nearly all foreigners, especially those coming to work and not for family, would be unable to lease any flat. Moreover, if the shoe was on the other foot, and such terms existed in the UK, I guess we wouldn't have anywhere near the number of Poles in the UK. Put it this way, it would be front page news that you need to have someone who will guarantee to take you into their home if you're evicted and that person must own a flat. It cannot be a lease, even a contract for unlimited time like those living in state owned homes.It struck me that essentially, to rent a flat, I need to own one. Or if I were Polish, I would need to ask my parents or family to agree to this clause to be able to rent. It's bizarre.I even offered to pay the rent for the entire contract up-front. He refused.Moreover, he told me that even with this, its only a bit better to evict someone for non-payment using the Court system. And it doesn't stop me, from say, getting married, having a child and using that to prevent eviction. What a nonsense. It offers him not much "protection" at all.And if the person refuses to take me? Or their circumstances change? Or they move and I fail to inform him, or they fail to inform me, or they lose their house? And then what? The police break in and kick them out of their bed and put me in it!Thoughts please.