If you are planning to settle in Kuala Lumpur, here is what you need to know about the housing options which are available for expatriates.
Kuala Lumpur is a very popular city with expatriates, especially those moving there with their family. The Malaysian capital city provides not only various career prospects but also a wide range of accommodation options for foreigners. You can choose among apartments, condominiums, villas, houses and even room or flat-sharing. Remember to choose the best option according to your needs and budget and in a neighborhood where you feel you will adapt more easily.
Good to know:
Most expatriates in Kuala Lumpur prefer condominiums as these provide comfort as well as security.
Kuala Lumpur's most popular neighborhoods are Jalan Ampang, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Bangsar Bahru Golden Triangle, etc. You are likely to find many foreigners in these areas, especially due to the fact that these host many infrastructures and other amenities. In Jalan Ampang, you will find many foreign embassies. Golden Triangle, for its part, hosts many international schools.
Rent prices in Kuala Lumpur vary from one neighborhood to another and according to the type of accommodation. Thus, you will have to plan an average of 3,000 ringgits per month for a semi-detached house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms in a popular neighborhood such as Bangsar Bahru. In other neighborhoods, a bigger and as comfortable house can cost some 1,000 ringgit less.
In the city center, however, rents prices for studios start as at one thousand ringgit. In Damansara Heights, you can rent a villa with a swimming pool for some 10,000 ringgits.
Good to know:
Rent prices can still be negotiated with owners, whether personally or through a real estate agency.
You can start your housing search on the Internet through numerous job listings or through local newspapers. Thus, you can have a better idea of the different types of accommodation available, on facilities and services offered as well as on rent prices. You can also register with a real estate agency so as to have more chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria and budget.
Note that real estate agents will be extremely useful during the lease document signing process. Moreover, agency fees are the owner's responsibility.
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