Brit moving to Brussels registration
Hi, I am a Brit moving to Brussels with my work. I have my visa and am preparing to move in October. However I am unsure about registering at the commune when I arrive.
I have been told I need to register within 8 days. But I have also been told that I can only do this from either a permanent address (i.e. a rented apartment), a temporary accommodation such as those found on Spotahome etc, or a hotel.
It is difficult to move straight into a permanent address from the UK. The temporary accommodation available on Spotahome etc is bad quality and expensive, and I can't live in a hotel for 2 months while I wait for the police to check I have arrived.
My preference therefore is to move into an Airbnb for a month when I first arrive, and then move from there to a permanent address. However, I have been told that it's not possible to register with the commune at an Airbnb.
I have been told by several people with experience of moving to Brussels that lots of people simply do not do the 8-day registration process, and instead wait until they're in a permanent address. I obviously want to adhere to the rules, but if I can stay in an Airbnb at first and there are no real consequences for missing the 8-day registration, I would much prefer to do this.
Can anyone confirm that lots of people do not do the 8-day registration thing? Does anyone have any experience with this? What could the consequences be?
Many thanks in advance.