Kuwait is located in a small country located in Western Asia. It is a small petroleum-based country and a home for thousands of expats all around the globe. Kuwait may be a small country but renting an apartment or home here is one of the difficult tasks!
If you are planning to move to Kuwait or have been assigned to work there for a couple of months, you need to have a home or apartment to live. The real estate business is quite in charge of Kuwait due to less space and more expats entering the country due to international projects. It has made the landowners increase the prices making it hard to get a good place to live.
The question is if it is that much hard to find a good rental place to live, how can you do this?
Ask for referrals
The first step of finding a rent a home while you are there is to take help from your friends or family who has been there before. Personal experiences will let you know what the market rates of the homes in different areas and are from where you can get a suitable place.
Look out yourself
The second step is to look out yourself rather than hiring a real estate agency representative. The reason is very simple; by looking out yourself you will find out what type of home suits you, you can bargain with the Harris (the one who is the caretaker of the building) over rents offered, and can plan everything on your own without the worry of giving commission to the agent.
The downside of finding out on our own is you will have to waste a lot of time looking if you are new in Kuwait. If you can’t take that much stress, the best option is to hire someone to do the job. Tell him your requirements, price range and what kind of home/apartment you need and everything will be handled by him.
No foreign ownership of the real estate
People who are not Kuwaiti nationals cannot buy a property of their own in Kuwait as per Kuwait’s legal system in the country. There was a time when there was no rule like that but now foreigners can only become a mortgagee with the terms that the security holder must be a Kuwaiti National. So, you don’t have to worry about buying land and mess up with the laws.
Tennant and landlord laws
Once you are having rented a place to live, you must know all the landlord's and tenants' laws in the estate. You will have a contract of 5 years to live at the place but have to leave it if the landlord asks you to leave the place 9 months before the date. According to the laws of Kuwait’s real estate sector, the landlord can also increase the rent during the lease period by 100% which is another drawback of the messy real estate business there.
Messed up or not, you will feel living in a “home” if you will make it worth living!