How to rent: checklist for renters moving to Bahrain

Guide to Renting | June 30, 2018
If you’re moving to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time, it might be that the rental process is slightly different to what you’re used to. In Bahrain, a rental agreement is a formal contract between the tenant and the landlord, and this means that there is a series of processes to be completed before you move into your new apartment.

Before you begin

Before you start your search for the perfect property, you have to work out what type of space will suit your needs, and you have to calculate your rental budget. Doing this will help you refine your property search. On average, renters in Bahrain usually spend 30% of their take-home pay on rent, but this depends on other factors that will be personal to you.

Decide which area you would like to live in. Bahrain is incredibly diverse and different places have different atmospheres – it’s all about finding the right location for you.

Check who you’re renting from

Once you’ve narrowed down some properties, take the time to look into whom you are renting from. When it comes to the rental process, it will either be handled by a landlord or a real estate agent. If you’re renting directly from a landlord, find out more about them. If a property agent is handling the rental process, there will not be any extra fees involved..

Questions to ask your potential landlord

  1. How long is the tenancy for? Rental agreements usually run for fixed periods of 12 or 24 months. If you need an agreement for a shorter or longer duration, you may request the same with the landlord.
  2. Are there any house rules? Find out about any rules that you might have to follow throughout your tenancy. Are pets allowed, and will this impact your decision?
  3. Is the property safe? Double-check that the property is safe to live in. Is it fitted with working smoke detectors, and do all of the appliances work properly?

Always check the paperwork

When you settle on the right property, double-check that you’ve filled in the appropriate paperwork, and ensure that it all makes sense to you. Keeping printed copies of all paperwork will act as your safety net if anything goes wrong. Make sure you have…

  • A written tenancy agreement that you fully understand
  • An inventory (or check-in report), which will help in settling any disputes that you may have
  • A record of meter readings, so you don’t pay the bills for the previous tenant
  • Up-to-date contact details for your landlord or letting agent
  • Record of your deposit

Transparency is key

We believe that transparency between landlord and tenant is the key to a healthy rental experience, and when you’re moving to Bahrain for the first time, having a sense of security in your agreement make the entire process easier for you.

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