Rent a flat or a house in the Seychelles

Finding a place to live is a priority when settling in the Seychelles. Your experience will be of a great help for the members who want to settle in the Seychelles.

Therefore, we have prepared some questions for you:

Which kinds of accommodation are available in the Seychelles?

Is it hard to find a flat or a house for rent in the Seychelles?

How to find a home in the Seychelles: classifieds, real estate portals, real estate agencies?

How much is the rental for a house, an apartment?

What are the formalities or the required documents for renting an accommodation?

Which advice would you give?

Thanks in advance for participating!

Hi, i'm interesting in your offer where could i contact you?

Hi Anthony06,

Welcome to Expat-Blog :)

Please note that this is not an offer.. this discussion aim to collect information about how to rent a house,where about, the prices and what are the formalities or documents required when renting :)

Thank you

Maximilien
Expat-blog Team

Hi everyone, this is a very painful topic here... Because of the prices in the first place. You won't find anything below USD 500, and you will definitely pay more for a decent accommodation.

Is it hard to find - yes, it is. If you're not a tourist and need long-term it's even harder. The best idea is to ask locals if they know anyone who rents a house or a flat. There's also a daily newspaper but personally i haven't found anything useful in it yet...

You can get 1 bedroom apartments or 2-3 bedroom houses. Nothing fancy, so be prepared to live with minimal comfort and a lot of insects and geckoes inside =)

This is my experience:

Which kinds of accommodation are available in the Seychelles?
Mostly apartments and houses. Houses can be in someones back yard.

Is it hard to find a flat or a house for rent in the Seychelles?
No. You just need to know where to look.

How to find a home in the Seychelles: classifieds, real estate portals, real estate agencies?
There is a Facebook page "Sesel Buy and Sell" where you can post a request and most likely get a response. They also publish a small paper which is available all over town (around market street mostly) 
The "Nation" has more info than "Today" but these places are usually very expensive.

The few estate agents I encountered were useless (like most estate agents I have encountered in other countries they always show you places OUTSIDE your budget)

Best is word of mouth and for this you need a friend. As soon as landlords find out you are an expat the price rises considerably!!!

How much is the rental for a house, an apartment?
In my opinion not very consistent.
In Quincy Village brand new apartments went for 4000.00 rupees.    In Providence a very spacious but old two bedroom apartment went for 6000.00
In La Misere a small two bedroom house (two bathrooms) with a garden went for 6 700.00. Right next door to a three bedroom house with three bathrooms that went for 18 000.00 rupees.
In Anse Aux Pin a two bedroom house with a garden went for 10 000 rupees and
in La Louise, close to Chillies a very cute two bedroom house went for 5000.00 for locals and 9000.00 for expats.
In Anse Boileau a very neat two bedroom house went for 8 000.00 for locals but 12 000.00 for expats.
In Beau Vallon I saw a new, very small house for 5000.00 rupees - two bedrooms. The location was difficult to get to. No access road.
In Bel Hombre I found a four bedroom house with three bathrooms (double story) for 18 000 rupees and also in Bel Hombre a one bedroom bedsitter for 10 000 rupees, expats only.
A friend found a neat two bedroom house halfway between La Louise and La Misere for 5000.00 but water is pumped from the stream -   in my opinion a health hazard!


What are the formalities or the required documents for renting an accommodation?
GOP
Passport or Resident card
Contract
Deposit of two month's plus the first months's rent (can vary depending on the owner)

Which advice would you give?
When you find a place you like, insist on paying immediately a deposit and/or signing a contract.It has happened twice to us that a landlord agreed we could rent only for us to find one week later he was renting to friends of the family. Word of honour means nothing here. Have it on paper - soonest.

Most places needed some maintenance to be carried out. Landlords were not concerned with time frames and can take their sweet time to finish the house on time. Confirm the entry date. State in the contract that the landlord must give you accommodation if not finished on time. The fact that you rent a place from a certain date is not always an incentive for the landlord to be ready on time - be prepared to have a plan B.

If garden services or security is included in the rent, make sure it says so in the contract too. Anything that is discussed and not followed up in the contract can become a bone of contention later on. We had a landlord that suddenly charged us 3000 rupees for garden services...which we never used or saw for that matter. It was not covered in the contract.

Make sure beforehand who pays for what when it comes to plumbing, electrical faults, pest control, breakages etc.

Some landlords leave stuff behind in boxes and promise to come and fetch it later. Make sure it gets off the property before you move in. You are paying for that space. You are not a storage facility.

A friend moved into a house where the previous tenant left FIVE dogs behind. He is still battling to get rid of the dogs.

Treat your contract like you would a business deal. Being nice and accommodating can cost you later.

Most places are furnished. If there is a gas stove make sure all the burners are working before you move in.

I am still waiting to have it confirmed but was told by one landlord that it is LAW to have a fire extinguisher in the house. Just make sure about that. In August this year the Fire Brigade put out 35 fires all around the island. I have seen a few houses burnt down and also has a friend who lost everything in a fire. It is illegal to burn garden refuse but most people do. In the dry season it is very dangerous and with the high speed winds can easily spread to the nearest houses. Make sure it is not yours.

I agree with expatinsez, it's going to be through word of mouth that you're like to find a place.  That results in an interesting problem for people looking to move: you likely need to be here to successfully find a place. Estate agents generally don't want to talk to you until you arrive (probably because, a noted by expatinsez, properties flip on and off the market so rapidly).

So you have to be willing to leap without looking to some extent (this is a particular concern if you are moving here with little support (e.g. as a self employed person)).

Anyway, as with everything, just mention to your taxi driver, guest house owner, waiter/waitress, etc that you are looking for a house to rent or buy and you should be able to find something very rapidly (but it should be your first priority when you get here).

To add to the comments above: the "Buy and Sell Seychelles" comes out on Weds and you can get it in almost all corner stores.  While you are picking it up, mention to the guy behind the counter that you need a place ;]

Thank you for the great info. Will be arriving to SEY on 3rd of SEC, if anyone of you are renting out, please get in touch. Especially interested in Bel Ombre and Beau Vallon areas, also Victoria city.

Hello, those apartments in providence or quincy, where do you find them? im looking online and i cant find anything bellow SCR10,000

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