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2014-07-14 09:22:59

On beaches, big cities, and everything in between, Mexico has a wide range of options for accommodation for expatriates. Find out more in this article.

If you are moving to Mexico for a long-term stay, it is important to take your time and find a place that you really like. So, the first step for most people will be to find a good hotel. Many modest, family-run hotels will offer a better rate if you stay for longer than a week. Foreigners on a budget often stay in hostels, which aside from the low prices, also typically have kitchens.

Apartment and housing rentals in Mexico

In general, you can find a decent unfurnished two- or three-bedroom apartments in major Mexican cities for as low as 2,000 to 4,000 pesos a month (between USD $110 and USD $215). It is possible, however, for a similar apartment to be much more expensive in the city centre or in a fancy neighbourhood like Polanco in Mexico City.

Furnished apartments are also common, especially near universities. These are a good option for new arrivals to Mexico because most unfurnished apartments don’t even have a stove or refrigerator.

You can also find entire houses for rent for similarly low prices. In general, renting a detached home in a regular, working-class neighbourhood is less expensive than renting an apartment or condo in a gated community. Called fraccionamientos, these gated communities are becoming more popular in Mexico, and although they’re more expensive, they offer greater safety and amenities like swimming pools.

Finding accommodation in Mexico

The best way to find accommodation is to walk around a neighbourhood you like and look for “For Rent” signs: “Se Renta” in Spanish. Start with a neighbourhood close to your job or public transportation, such as near a metro station in Mexico City. Once you find a place you’re interested in, call the number to ask for an appointment to see the property and get the price. If you don’t speak Spanish, ask someone for help, both to make the appointment and to go over the lease.

You can also check out websites like Craigslist and others listed below, or the classified section of newspapers to look for rental units.

If you find a place that you want to rent, come back at various times of day to get an idea of what the neighbourhood is really like. Make sure to visit at night as well. Perhaps the area is quiet and peaceful during the day, but a nondescript building nearby may actually be a rowdy nightclub that blasts loud music until the early morning hours.

Requirements for renting in Mexico

Most leases last for one year, although in some cases this is negotiable. Usually, you will pay a security deposit equal to one month’s rent at the beginning. Make sure you receive a receipt each time you pay, in case of a conflict later about which months have been paid for and which haven’t. Many rentals will charge extra fees for some services, although it is more common that you must arrange your own internet service and pay the gas bill yourself.

Another usual requirement is that renters provide an aval, a person who will pay the rent if the renters fail to pay. You will need this person to sign a paper and provide identification.

Buying property in Mexico

Expatriates who want to purchase property in Mexico should speak to a real estate agent or hire a lawyer to assist them with the procedures. Buying property in Mexico can be complicated, especially when it’s by the ocean. Foreigners are not legally allowed to buy property along the coast, although many real estate agents have set up ways to get around this, such as with timeshares and other schemes.

 Useful links:

Craigslist Mexico
Metros Cúbicos (renting)
Zonaprop (renting)
Trovit (purchasing and renting)
Gomfy (renting and homestays)
Compartodepa (renting and flat sharing)

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