How to find accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
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The city of Kuala Lumpur offers a wide range of accommodation options. Many expatriates tend to go for condominiums or luxury apartments when looking for central accommodation while those who want a bit more space look into the suburbs for townhouses and villas.

How to choose accommodation in Kuala Lumpur

Where you choose to live has a big influence on how smooth your transition to a new country is. The density of the city means that property prices are sky high and opportunities to have standalone homes are uncommon. This has prompted real estate developers to find ways to make apartments and condominiums gain in edge what they lack in space. New developments in the city often have their own green space and community amenities to improve the quality of life in the city. Whether you are looking for the fast-paced lifestyle or something more relaxed, you are sure to find your fit in terms of accommodation in KL.

Rental in Kuala Lumpur

Rental is the most common option for expats and locals living in the city, due to the price point and fast-paced life of the city. As mentioned, the cost of rental in central areas like Ampang Park can be around RM 15,000 while other areas will carry a lower price tag. In general, accommodation in the city will be more expensive than anywhere else in Malaysia. However, don't let this alarm you, there are plenty of affordable options. There are property management companies as well as promoters that can help you find the right fit for you after you've decided on where you want to live. There are different types of properties, ranging from shared apartments, condominiums to townhouses and villas in gated communities.

Many unmarried professionals in the city choose to have housemates, with whom they share an apartment or condo in one of the high rises of Kuala Lumpur. The rental price for a 3 bedroom property begins at around RM3500 per month. This is then split between the residents. This option is also popular with students who live in the city.

If you're looking for a more quiet neighbourhood or don't mind having a slightly longer commute to work, you will find similar 3 bedroom properties on the outskirts of KL for about RM2000 , per month. As with any other business transaction, it is possible to negotiate with the property owners or real estate agent for a more favourable price, depending on how long you are planning to stay. It should be noted that many properties in KL will not allow residents to keep pets.

Families tend to live a little out of the city centre, just out of convenience. While they are many international schools in the city, the suburbs provide for a more family-oriented experience, with more green space and calm. Areas like Mont Kiara, with three international schools, are highly sought by foreigners with families and plan on driving around.

The popular neighbourhoods in KL are constantly expanding, thanks to the fast pace of urban development. Thus, while there are many primarily expat areas, it is worthwhile to speak to a real estate agency that will have a good grasp of the latest properties on the market. Agencies have listings online that provide an insight into the type of property you can expect at your price range as well as the requirements to rent such property. You can then arrange visits, where you will either be shown a showroom apartment or the actual apartment if it is available.

Good to know:

If relocating to KL for work, companies will generally offer employees assistance finding a temporary accommodation before they find a place to call home.

Useful links:

Top Real Estate companies in KL
IProperty
Mudah MY
IBilik
Propwall

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