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Finding accommodation in Morocco can be challenging if you are new to the country.  However, Moroccan apartments and villas can be wonderful places to live. Homes are generally built to stay cool in hot summer months, with tile floors and spacious rooms.  Almost all homes have some kind of balcony or outdoor space, which can be a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy sunny afternoons.

How to find accommodation in Morocco

To find accommodation in Morocco, you can look for apartments or villas to rent on several websites.  The rental listings are generally posted by agents, who may be able to show you several options depending on your needs.  Generally, agents will charge up to one month’s rent as a fee for finding you an apartment, along with asking for a down payment (or deposit) of one month’s rent that should be returned to you at the end of the lease, as long as there is no damage to the property.

Another good way to find an apartment to rent is through word-of-mouth.  You can sometimes avoid paying an agent by asking shopkeepers in the neighbourhood if they know of any vacancies.  Talking to friends or coworkers who live in the area where you want to move is also a great way to find out what prices you might expect.  Keep in mind that most agents and landlords might not be fluent in English, so it may be necessary to find a translator if you do not speak Moroccan Arabic or French.

Apartments and houses can be rented at any time of the year.  The process of finding somewhere to live is generally fast enough that you can spend a week in a hotel while you look for long-term accommodation.  

Signing a lease in Morocco

Once you find an apartment, it is necessary to sign the lease with your landlord and get it notarized.  Leases generally last for one year at a time, and payment is sent monthly. Electricity and hot water costs are paid by lessees and can be paid monthly online or in person at the office of the utility company.  Landlords are not required to include hot water tanks, stoves, or refrigerators in unfurnished apartments, so it is wise to compare apartments from several landlords to insure that you are getting a fair deal. Buildings with a concierge require tenants to pay a monthly fee to help cover the costs of cleaning the building’s common areas.

Cities in Morocco

Housing prices in Morocco vary greatly by area and by property.  Apartments and villas in big cities like Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakesh can be very expensive, particularly in central neighbourhoods.  Casablanca is known as the most expensive city, as it is the economic capital, and is also the city with the most jobs opportunities. Generally, it is less expensive to live further from a city, but there are some newer housing developments outside of cities that can be quite expensive.  Smaller cities tend to have much lower housing prices and can be very cheap in comparison to homes in Europe or the United States. Find in this guide information on accommodation in Casablanca and in Marrakesh.

 Useful links:

House Jumia
Maroc Annonces
Century 21
Louer vendre au Maroc

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