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Perth, the largest city in Western Australia, is popular with expats, especially those employed in the mining or construction industries. Perth offers a warm climate, great amenities and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Although more remote than Australia’s eastern seaboard cities, all major services and amenities can be found in Perth, and the city is popular with both expats and backpackers.

Perth's neighbourhoods

Popular suburbs with expats in Perth include the beach-side areas of Scarborough and North Beach, as well as Mount Claremont, Subiaco, Northbridge, and Swanbourne. Perth is a very family-friendly city, with popular areas for families including Victoria Park, Applecross, and Rivervale.

Types of housing

Perth has experienced a population growth in recent years, thanks in part to Australia’s mining boom, which means property can sometimes be harder to find. However, this is starting to improve in recent years, thanks to new developments, which offer brand new units and rentals of modern style and design.

Like most Australian cities, Perth has a range of individual houses or apartments for rent. Apartments are usually part of a residential complex. You will find many additional features such as security services, concierge, and often a pool and a gym.

Whether you are going to study in Perth or you are in the country with a Working Holiday Visa (WHV), you may consider a flat share to save money in Perth’s expensive rental market. Flat sharing allows you to share your apartment and the costs with another person. The conditions of flat shares can vary, meaning there are opportunities for both short and long term stays.

Rental market

In Perth, rent is paid every two or four weeks by bank transfer or deposit. Generally, when signing a contract, or lease, to let the property, you will also need to pay one month’s bond as a security deposit, as well as two or four weeks of rent up-front. Rental periods are most commonly for six months or one year, but you can sometimes negotiate longer or shorter durations. Flats can be found both furnished or unfurnished, and may or may not include appliances such as a washing machine, dryer, or refrigerator, so it is always good to double check this before signing a contract. It is also good to check if pets are allowed, as many landlords do not allow cats and dogs.

Landlords tend to include the water costs as part of your rent, but tenants are responsible for electricity, gas, and internet/cable. If any damages are done to the property, the tenant may be responsible, so it is important to let your rental agency or landlord know if anything goes wrong.

Buying a house in Perth

If you want to buy a house in Perth, some restrictions may apply if you are not a permanent resident in Australia. Generally, temporary residents can purchase one property for their sole residential use, but are not allowed to purchase investment property. However, this may depend on your visa type. After permanent residency is obtained, this creates more possibilities in terms of investment properties. To know more about the regulations regarding the purchase of real estate, please visit the Foreign Investment Review Board website.

 Useful links:

Real Estate
Rent a Home
The Apartment Service
REIWA- WA Real Estate
Flat Mates

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