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How to Rent a Home in Cambodia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Renting a home in Cambodia for the first time can be daunting. You probably have so many questions: Do I need a lawyer? Do rentals come with appliances? How do I find good rentals? How do I choose the right neighborhood? The list goes on and on. Here are answers to some of the top questions plus insight from our members living in Cambodia.

Navigating the process of renting a home in Cambodia for the first time can feel overwhelming. Numerous questions might arise: Should I consult a lawyer? Are appliances typically included in rentals? How can I discover quality rental properties? Which neighborhoods will best suit my needs? These are just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in for answers to these pressing questions and gain insights from our members who've made Cambodia their home.

"Relocating to a new country can be an exciting yet challenging experience, and one of the first tasks you'll face is finding a place to live. If you're planning to move to Cambodia, this guide will provide you with all the necessary information about renting an apartment in this Southeast Asian country. From finding a rental property to understanding the legalities involved, this guide will help you navigate the rental market in Cambodia with ease.

How Do You Find a Rental Property in Cambodia?

There are several ways to find rental properties in Cambodia. Online property portals like Realestate.com.kh and Khmer24 are popular platforms where landlords and real estate agents list properties for rent. You can also find listings in local newspapers or through word of mouth. Hiring a local real estate agent can be beneficial as they have extensive knowledge of the local market and can help you find a property that suits your needs and budget.

Does Cambodia Have an MLS Type System?

Cambodia does not have a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system like in the United States. However, there are several online platforms and real estate agencies that provide comprehensive listings of available properties.

Do Brokers Have Licenses and How Do I Know if They Are Licensed?

Yes, real estate brokers in Cambodia are required to have a license issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. You can ask to see their license or check their registration status on the Ministry's website.

Should I Buy or Rent in Cambodia?

Whether to buy or rent depends on your personal circumstances and long-term plans. Renting is a flexible option and requires less upfront capital, making it a popular choice for expats. However, if you plan to stay in Cambodia for a long time, buying a property could be a good investment.

Is It Difficult to Find Rentals in Cambodia?

Finding a rental in Cambodia is not typically difficult, especially in major cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There is a wide range of properties available, from budget apartments to luxury villas. However, it can be challenging to find a property that meets all your requirements, so it's advisable to start your search well in advance.

What Documents Are Required When Renting an Apartment in Cambodia?

When renting an apartment in Cambodia, you will typically need to provide a copy of your passport, a copy of your visa, and proof of employment or income. Some landlords may also ask for references from previous landlords or employers.

Do I Need a Lawyer When Renting an Apartment in Cambodia?

While it's not mandatory to hire a lawyer when renting an apartment in Cambodia, it can be beneficial, especially if you're not familiar with the local laws and regulations. A lawyer can review the lease agreement and ensure that your rights are protected. The cost of hiring a lawyer can vary, but it's generally affordable.

How Long Is the Typical Lease For?

The typical lease term in Cambodia is one year, but shorter or longer terms can be negotiated depending on the landlord's flexibility and the tenant's needs.

Do I Have to Pay a Deposit?

Yes, it's standard practice in Cambodia to pay a deposit when renting an apartment. The deposit is usually equivalent to one to three months' rent and is refundable at the end of the lease, provided there are no damages to the property.

What Other Upfront Costs Are There When Renting?

Other than the deposit, you may also need to pay the first month's rent upfront. Some landlords may also require a non-refundable service fee for cleaning and maintenance.

Are Utilities Included?

Utilities are typically not included in the rent and are paid separately by the tenant. The cost of utilities can vary depending on usage, but they are generally affordable.

Are Furnished or Unfurnished Rentals More Popular?

Both furnished and unfurnished rentals are available in Cambodia. Furnished apartments usually include basic furniture and appliances like a bed, sofa, refrigerator, and stove. Unfurnished apartments may only include basic fixtures. Furnished apartments are more popular among expats as they offer convenience and save the cost and hassle of buying furniture," said one expat living in Cambodia.

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Expats Talk about How they Found their Home

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Cambodia is to use online resources such as websites like Expat.com, Cambodia Expat Network, and Cambodia Property. These websites provide listings of available properties, as well as information about the local rental market. Additionally, it is possible to find a place to live by asking around in the local community, as many people in Cambodia are willing to rent out their homes. Finally, it is also possible to find a place to live by contacting a real estate agent, who can help you find a suitable property," commented an expat living in Cambodia.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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