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How to Rent a Home in Cyprus

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Renting a home in Cyprus 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 Cyprus.

Navigating the process of renting a home in Cyprus 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 Cyprus their home.

"Relocating to a new country can be an exciting yet challenging experience, and finding a place to live is one of the most important aspects of this process. If you're planning to move to Cyprus, this guide will provide you with all the necessary information about renting an apartment in this beautiful Mediterranean island. From finding a rental property to understanding the legalities involved, this guide will help you navigate the rental market in Cyprus with ease.

How Do You Find a Rental Property in Cyprus?

There are several ways to find rental properties in Cyprus. Online property portals and websites are a popular choice, offering a wide range of options to suit different budgets and preferences. Local newspapers and real estate agencies are also good sources of rental listings. Additionally, word-of-mouth referrals can be quite effective, especially in smaller communities.

Does Cyprus Have an MLS Type System?

Cyprus does not have a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) like in the United States. However, many real estate agencies and online portals provide comprehensive listings of available properties. It's advisable to check multiple sources to get a broad view of the market.

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

Yes, real estate agents in Cyprus are required to be licensed. You can verify an agent's license by checking with the Cyprus Real Estate Agents Association (CREAA). It's important to ensure that you're dealing with a licensed agent to protect your interests and avoid potential scams.

Should I Buy or Rent in Cyprus?

The decision to buy or rent depends on your personal circumstances, financial situation, and long-term plans. Renting can be a good option if you're not planning to stay in Cyprus long-term or if you prefer flexibility. Buying might be a better choice if you plan to stay for a long time and see it as a good investment.

Is it Difficult to Find Rentals in Cyprus?

Finding a rental in Cyprus is generally not difficult, especially in larger cities like Nicosia, Limassol, and Paphos. However, the process can be more challenging in popular tourist areas during the peak season. It's advisable to start your search well in advance to secure the best options.

What Documents are Required When Renting an Apartment in Cyprus?

When renting an apartment in Cyprus, you'll typically need to provide a copy of your passport, proof of income or employment, and sometimes a bank reference. If you're a non-EU resident, you may also need a residence permit. Always check with your real estate agent or landlord for specific requirements.

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

While it's not mandatory to have a lawyer when renting an apartment in Cyprus, it can be beneficial, especially if you're unfamiliar with the local laws and regulations. A lawyer can review the rental agreement, ensure your rights are protected, and advise on any legal issues. The cost can vary, but you should budget for around €200-€500.

How Long is the Typical Lease for?

The typical lease term in Cyprus is one year, but shorter or longer terms can be negotiated. It's important to discuss the lease term with your landlord or agent before signing the agreement.

Do I Have to Pay a Deposit?

Yes, a security deposit is typically required when renting an apartment in Cyprus. The amount is usually equivalent to one or two months' rent, but this can vary. The deposit is refundable at the end of the lease, provided there are no damages or outstanding payments.

What Other Upfront Costs are There When Renting?

Other upfront costs when renting an apartment in Cyprus may include the first month's rent, a real estate agent's fee (if applicable), and potentially a utility deposit. It's important to clarify these costs before signing the lease.

Are Utilities Included?

Utilities are typically not included in the rent and are the tenant's responsibility. This includes electricity, water, and internet. The cost of utilities can vary depending on usage, but they are generally not expensive in Cyprus.

Are Furnished or Unfurnished Rentals More Popular?

Both furnished and unfurnished rentals are available in Cyprus. Furnished apartments usually include basic furniture, kitchen appliances, and sometimes even linens and dishes. Unfurnished apartments typically only include major appliances like a refrigerator and stove. The choice between furnished and unfurnished depends on your personal needs and preferences," said one expat living in Cyprus.

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Expats Talk about How they Found their Home

"I lived in the area for 3 months trying to decide where I would choose to by my house. I found my house through an estate agent," commented an expat living in Frenaros.

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Cyprus is to search online for rental listings. Websites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and Expedia offer a variety of rental options in Cyprus. Additionally, you can search for rental listings on local classifieds websites such as Cyprus Property Finder and Cyprus Property World. You can also contact local real estate agents who specialize in rental properties in Cyprus. Finally, you can also ask friends and family who live in Cyprus for recommendations," said an expat in Cyprus.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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