Moving to Cyprus: A Guide to Housing Part 1
Moving to Cyprus? If you are about to begin a new life in Cyprus one of the main tasks you will have will be finding a new home to live in. Finding the right place to live is important as it will be where you spend a lot of your time and will help you settle in to the new country and Cypriot way of life. We have moved hundreds of families to Cyprus and have expertise in all things moving. That is why we have comprised this short blog on the different options you have when finding housing in Cyprus, should you rent or buy? Find out all about renting in Part 1.
Renting in Cyprus
If you’re thinking of living in Cyprus for just a year or two, it’s probably best value to rent a property. Even if you’re coming long-term and plan to buy, it may well be worthwhile taking out a short-term rental agreement on somewhere fairly central in the area you plan to live in. This gives you a chance to get to know the region, to chat to locals who may advise you, and to explore the different estate agencies who can offer a variety of styles and prices of housing in Cyprus.
Finding property to rent for a year or two is fairly easy, and usually rather less expensive than in most of Europe. Property in Cyprus is traditionally owned by women, and passed down to daughters as dowry; hence there are plenty of houses and flats waiting for young girls to claim their inheritance. Long-term rentals can be more difficult, depending on your requirements. Prices vary by area as well as by kind of house, and also – since it’s Cyprus – on who you know.
If you take out a rental agreement, make sure you have a written contract. It may be possible to pay a fairly low rent, if you agree to take care of all decorative maintenance of the house; but you need to determine who will be responsible for more major items such as a leaking roof or a faulty toilet. Each landlord or landlady will have a different idea as to what is acceptable.