• Mar

    How to Rent an Apartment (or condo) in Mexico


    This is a question that comes up guite often, so I’m going to write about what I do to find a place to live, which covers several steps.

    First off is to see if I know anyone in the place I’m going to visit. If not, then I begin my search, which is to visit websites that cover the area I want to see and learn about any rentals in the area. I also join forums, to get a feeling for what’s available.

    From there, I make contact with property owners and request details on the property, rental terms and photos. In no case do I ever send a complete deposit up front. As I learned in my other article about travel fraud, it’s unwise to do so. In my opinion, you’re far better off to send a deposit to hold the property, then pay the rest once you actually have the keys to the place.

    Another strategy I use is to find an inexpensive hotel and book a room for 3-5 days and just go there. Once I get settled, I check with the owners of the hotel to see if they know of places for rent. I also head to the nearest restaurant and ask there and also go to cyber cafe’s. These are all places to find rentals.

    I also take some time to go for a walk and see what’s available for rent and once I find out, I call the phone numbers listed on the sign. Another strategy I use is to visit real estate offices. Quite often they deal in rentals.

    I also make use of Craigslist for potential rentals and it’s been effective sometimes.

    A Note of Caution

    When it comes to renting, you’ll find that many property owners will as for a security deposit that’s a full month’s rent in addition to the monthly rent, though you can negotiate that and I have.

    The other thing is that you may be presented with a contract, which will almost certainly be in Spanish. Quite often it’s all in upper case lettering. If your Spanish isn’t great it would be wise to take the document to someone who can translate it for you. An alternative is to ask for the document to be written in both English and Spanish. Some property owners will extend you this courtesy.

    If you’re unsure of anything, trust your gut feeling. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand. This can prevent potential legal repercussions later.

    © Nathan Segal. Do you have any questions? Write to me.

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