It’s not always easy to find a childcare centre in Belgium. There are different types of organisations: public, private, subsidised or non-subsidised. So where do you start, how much does it cost, and what should you look out for? The Expat Welcome Desk explains…
The annual report 2016 of the Brussels Commissioner's Office presents a detailed description and deep analysis of the policy carried out since 1st January 2015. It also covers the achievements of 2016 and touches on the outlook for 2017.
During the month of May, Belgian tax authorities send out the tax return forms in brown envelopes, to all tax payers. Depending on your situation, filling in these returns can be quite complicated! Below are some guidelines from the Expat Welcome Desk.
Have you bought a TV, a fridge... which doesn’t work correctly? Contact the seller quickly and use the legal guarantee that covers all consumer goods. Below, the Expat Welcome Desk explains the usefulness of this legal guarantee.
Legislations and practices involving property acquisition differ from country to country. In Belgium, negotiations between seller and buyer are of great importance. It is therefore advisable to collect all the essential information before committing to the purchase. The Expat Welcome Desk provides you some tips.
Since 1st January several changes have taken place in various areas of Brussels life: the registration of residential tenancy contracts; the level of penal fines; the maternity leave for self-employed women; a BE HOME rebate; and the procedures for household garbage collection.
From January pay attention to your garbage collection because the days and schedules are going to change. And there’s another change: a new orange bag for organic waste. The Expat Welcome Desk summarises the important points below.
A road accident can be a frightening experience and you may find it difficult to stay calm. Being an expat in Brussels and perhaps not fluent in the local language only adds to the problem. But it is important that you try to keep a clear head and follow the right procedure…
If you have been living in Belgium for a number of years and intend to stay living here for a long time or you want to acquire Belgian citizenship, it may be time for you to go down to the “commune” and apply for a permanent residency permit.