How to rent a flat in the Eastern Europe using a disposable mailbox

It’s common for travelers to save money on living in the foreign country by rent a cheap flat instead of expensive hotel room. The easiest way to find such a room is to use booking.com service. However, it should be noted, that the mechanism of finding a flat in the Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia, Ukraine and other countries of CIS, is much different than those one in Western Europe or USA due the large number of fake realtors. Particularly, if you enter “Rent a flat in Saint Petersberg”, you’ll see a lot of ads from homeowners, offering you a good flat or apartment for only 20.000-30.000 Rubles (300-400 USD). In  fact, most of this ads are fake and were posted by fake realtors. So, if you want to rent a flat for a few weeks or months, you should find real ads and homeowners by yourself.

    What are the steps for renting?


  1. Use a disposable mail and temporary skype account.
You needn’t register new email on free mail services. Just open www.temp-mail.org, and you’ll get a disposable mailbox immediately without any registration. Your temporary email address is displayed at the top of the page (in this example - fivimahe@zainmax.net).

get a disposable mailbox immediately without any registration

To get an incoming mail press click “Refresh” button. It should be noted, that incoming messages are stored only for 60 minutes, but it more than enough for our jobs.
You should use disposable mail and skype account to hide your real personal information from the person you are talking to, because it helps you to avoid spam and fraud. Later, when you’ll find a real homeowner, you’ll disclose him your personal information.

  1. Open Google or Yahoo search page and enter “Rent a flat in (enter here the name of the city you are interested in) forums”. Why forums? Only on forums you can find a good realtor or real homeowner, as most of the advertisement boards contains a lot of fake ads.

  2. Register on found forums using disposable mail. Write on forums, that you are searching a flat for a long term from real homeowner. You can write messages on your native language or use free Google translate service. Soon, you’ll get answers for your messages.

  3. Don’t hesitate to ask people, whether they are real homeowners, what are the conditions, ask them to send you photo and video, ask them to write you and exact address, where the flat is located, talk about rental amount and payment method. You can also ask homeowner to make fresh photo of the flat to make sure, that uploaded photos are real.

  4. Real homeworkers are able to answer any questions and can send you the photo of all the documents to make sure that they are real homeowners.

  5. Ask the same questions in a couple of days. Real homeowner wants to rent a flat to a good housekeeper, so he wouldn’t be irritated and can answer all the questions again the same way. If you are talking to scammer, he wouldn’t be able to answer the question the same way.

  6. If the person you are talking to seems to be a real homeowner, ask him to talk to you in skype. Ask him to show you the flat by video call.

  7. If everything seems ok, you can book the flat for a specific period and transfer him a small prepayment (must not exceed 10 percent of weekly rent). Now you can disclose homeowner your real address, phone number and skype account. Disposable mail and temporary skype login can be deleted.


These simple steps can help you to find a cheap flat or room in any city of Eastern Europe or CIS. However, you should understand that if you want to save money, you take additional risks, so be ready to live some time in more expensive hotel, until you’ll find a cheap flat.

Scroll to Top