I moved to Portugal last week with my wife and her father. For the past year, we have been looking at the houses for rent on sites like Idealista.com and felt very secure that we would be able to find something without much hassle.
So far, this has proven FALSE. Almost every house we had saved in our favorites list is only available for a few weeks or months at a time - but none of the advertisements say anything about that!
Even the places that DO rent long-term don’t update their ads - I can’t tell you how many people we have called or emailed who have told us the house is already rented.
What the heck do we do? I feel a little bit tricked by everything I’ve read about housing here but we’re already here! We only have this temporary rental (just outside Coimbra, in Vale de Colmeias) for 3 more weeks and we’re worried we won’t be able to find a place.
What am I missing?
Can someone recommend a realtor or something? At this point, we don’t even care what city the place is in, we just want to make sure we have a place to stay.