Moving abroad to work as an expat for the first time can be daunting. One of the most challenging elements can be finding a place to live in an unfamiliar country. If you don’t know where to start, here are some useful tips for finding a place to live abroad.
1. Speak to your employer
2. Start early
Begin initial research as soon as you make the decision to go on assignment. Research:
- real estate market
- cost of living
- short term rentals
All of this will provide you with the information you need for the next step.
3. Work out your budget
This will be influenced by the cost of accommodation in your destination. This in turn will influence the location you may be able to live in. If you are moving to an expensive city like London, Paris or Singapore, you may have to live further from the office in order to afford rent.
Top tip: don’t forget to factor in transport costs when deciding on where you want to live.
4. Connect with the existing expat community
5. Consider ‘up and coming areas’
6. Have a security deposit
7. Have required documentation
Before you leave home, collect all the documentation you may need to rent a property including:
- references from a previous landlord
- references from your employer
- photo ID
- proof of residency
8. Ask questions
When looking at specific properties keep the following in mind:
- is the property fully furnished?
- how many people live there?
- is it close to public transport?
- what amenities are nearby?
- is it pet friendly? (if relevant to yo
If you can avoid it, don’t rush into a rental agreement until you know the property will suit expat living.
9. Research the rental market in the country you are moving to
We have outlined some tips that apply no matter where you are hoping to rent, however there will be individual requirements by country. Examples include:
- security of tenure
- limits on rent increases
- landlord responsibilities