Unfortunately, there is no legal requirement for there to be a kitchen in the apartment when you rent it. Bathroom yes (I think...), but it is entirely possible to rent an apartment without a kitchen. Which is what we did. When we got the keys, the walls were unpainted (and we had to render them first), there were no floor or window coverings, and there was no kitchen. Of course, Ikea is the answer for everything, so after meticulous planning of our stupidly-proportioned kitchen (the window pretty much takes up one whole wall, and the heater is in a very stupid spot), we made three trips to Ikea (all up it's probably around 20 trips now, but only 3 for the main kitchen items), lugged everything to the third floor (there's no lift), and built a kitchen. BUILT A KITCHEN.
Now, we've moved in. There's carpet, and a kitchen, and laminate. We have a TV and a wardrobe (it took a while). There's still some furniture that we need, a blanket is currently serving as our bedroom blind (the rest of the windows have nothing), we only sorted out all the kitchen cupboards properly last night, and we need to decorate it... but this apartment is home :)
|View from the kitchen window a couple of weeks ago... seems strangely distorted, but I think it's just the shadows....|