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Bmore2Port19
9/2/2019 16:29 EST

So from what I gather, most site listings like those found on Idealista for Algarve Long term often limit to non tourist season, understandably. Anyone have any ideas on where one might check out long term listings where there is a healthy number of non-restricted or can recommend an agency? Just want to start exploring options.. Open to various areas, but for now leaning Portimao/ Lagos

Thanks

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Explorer88
9/2/2019 22:37 EST

I've been looking myself and found a few on CustoJusto. It's in Portuguese mostly though.

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craigandmicki
9/3/2019 05:05 EST

to "BemoreToPort"s comment: The long term rental market differs from area to area. In the Algarve, where the holiday rental market dominates, it is best to go directly to major firms such as Portugal Properties (my fav, due to reputation and services), Re/Max, ERA and Engel & Volkers. I also found a host of realtor ads in the weekly, English-only publication you can get online: The Portugal News. We've seen many concerns recently about the multiple-listing service, idealista, due to realtors posting the same property and claiming it to be in various different locations.

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starsnstripes
9/3/2019 18:26 EST

Livin in and lovin the Algarve, It looks like the holiday rental season lasts ten weeks after that its business as usual. Never did find portugal properties but sign up and got some whoopensocker info at portugalpropertyinfo,com and got us a rental through Facebook

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Bmore2Port19
9/3/2019 22:51 EST

Thanks Gang for the Info.,,,,

I checked out the various suggestions and looks like Remax is the most user friendly for a Yank.

Keep um coming if anyone has had personal success with any specific listing sites or agency on a personal note not mentioned so far.

Much appreciated for all who take time to respond.

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InCanada
9/8/2019 14:13 EST

Hi, Here's a list of websites where you can find long term rentals in Portugal. These are in order of having the most listings (usually), for the Lisbon area, but most of these cover the entire country:

1. https://casa.sapo.pt

2. https://imovirtual.pt

3. https://idialista.pt

4. https://remax.pt

5. https://era.pt

6. https://bpiexpressimobiliario.pt


Note that most of these sites default to selling houses, but there's sub menus to select rentals

rentals = "aluger/alugar/arrendar/arrendamento"

Some of these sites have an English option. Also some of these allow to setup email alerts so you know something is available almost immediately.

Watch out for apartments whose rent seems to good to be true, I've seen a couple of scams. Usually they come up with a story on how the owner is out of the country and an agent is acting on their behalf, and to send money to secure the rental. NEVER do this. While there are indeed a lot of agents representing property owners, always insist on seeing the apartment first before sending any money or signing any contract. My suggestion is to airBnB for the first few weeks while you physically visit apartments that you are interested in renting.

Expect to pay the first month + last month + damage deposit (usually a full month's rent). In some cases they will ask for a "fiador", which is a co-signer. If you cannot provide one, expect to pay 6 months of rent + damage deposit "caucao".

My strong suggestion if you dont speak portuguese is to hire somebody there who understands the rental market to help you. The rental laws have changed a lot recently, and some of the details matter. Understand things like, if you sign a rental contract for 1 year, at the end of the 1 year it either terminates or it auto-renews for another year. You must give 90 days notice with a registered letter to your landlord if you wish to vacate. And you can only do so after a certain time (8 months I think). Don't wait till the last minute to issue such termination letters because the postal service is slow, late and can even go on strike, so if the letter doesn't arrive within the 90 day period, your contract will auto-renew for 1 year and most contracts dont allow for you to sub-lease the apartment. There's a few pitfalls like this that you must be aware of, so either research it or hire a professional that can help you.

Good luck.

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