How To Find An Vietnam Apartment

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May 03, 2019

  • Just like what I talked about why you should move to Vietnam , I told you how easy and relatively affordable it is to find an apartment or housing in Vietnam. Finding an apartment in Hanoi compared to finding an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) can be tricky but with the right information, you should find your ideal next “home” in this country in no time.

     

    In this article, you will find the best ways to find a shared apartment in Vietnam, finding your own apartment in Vietnam, or if you prefer a standard home, I will talk about finding your own house in Vietnam too. If you want to have an idea about the cost of living in Vietnam, you can find it . while find the best or suitable city in Vietnam for you.

     

    What is a shared apartment in Vietnam

     

    A shared apartment is the most common and probably the most affordable housing in Vietnam. In this setup, you will live with other housemates where you have your own private room, a private bathroom if you prefer then a shared kitchen and a shared living area.

     

     

    I personally lived in a shared apartment in Ho Chi Minh City, I chose this type of housing mainly because I want to make sure that I will meet other expats. Plus, it’s more affordable.

     

    - COST: ranges between $200-$350 or higher for a more luxurious shared apartment

    - INCLUSION: cleaning service, WiFi, cable (sometimes) water, parking (of motorbike, which is normally by the door at the common area), basic furniture (bed, table, cabinet)

    - EXCLUSION: electricity, service management fee (sometimes included)

    - PROS: best way to meet people, affordable, can be short-term (6 months or more) or long-term renting (1 year or more)

    - CONS: limited privacy, most pets are not allowed, not suitable for expats with children

     

     

    What is the difference between serviced apartment and studio apartment in Vietnam

     

    A serviced apartment is a room in a building, where all furniture will be provided. Your room has the basic room needs such as bathroom, bedroom, and a kitchen which has division from each other. This type of an apartment receives a lot of extra services such as weekly cleaning (or more frequent), water, internet, and cable.

     

    Related article: Serviced apartment for rent in ho chi minh city - a good choice

     

    While a studio apartment is a room where all the basic room needs are in the same usage area, meaning no division between the kitchen, living room, and the bedroom apart from the bathroom. Cleaning services are mostly not included but can be arranged by yourself or your landlord.

     

    - COST: ranges between $400-$600 or higher depending on the location and inclusions

    - INCLUSION: cleaning service, WiFi, cable (sometimes) water, parking (of motorbike, which is normally by the door at the common area), basic furniture (bed, table, cabinet)

    - EXCLUSION: electricity, service management fee (sometimes included)

    - PROS: more privacy, less worry about maintenance of the house, medium price, can be short-term or long-term – often 6 months minimum

    - CONS: often requires a 1-year minimum contract, most pets are not allowed, not suitable for expats with children

     

     

    Renting your own vietnam apartment

     

    If your budget permits, get your own vietnam apartment and enjoy a spacious and fully furnished apartment. Apartments can be pricey depending on your preferred location.

     

    - COST: ranges between $450-$1,000 or higher depending on the location and inclusions

    - INCLUSION: cleaning service, WiFi, cable (sometimes) water, basic furniture (bed, table, cabinet), luxurious facilities such as gym, swimming pool (depending on the price of the apartment)

    - EXCLUSION: electricity, parking (sometimes included), service management fee (sometimes included)

    - PROS: a spacious and all privacy you needed, good for expats families, sometimes pets are allowed

    - CONS: long-term – often 1-year minimum contract, can be pricey, can be not suitable for expats with children or pets

     

     

    Renting a house

     

    Renting your own house is possible too, this is a good option for expats in Vietnam who has a pet or children since houses normally come with garden area but it depends on the location. However, houses can cost a lot of money and the services such as management and cleaning are not included. Which means that it will be your job to find a cleaning personnel or someone to fix certain issues in the house.

     

    - COST: $800 and up depending on the location, size, and inclusions

    - INCLUSION: furniture (sometimes not included), parking lot, internet (sometimes included)

    - EXCLUSION: electricity, water, cable, internet, parking (sometimes included), service management fee (sometimes included depending on your real estate agent)

    - PROS: a spacious and all privacy you needed, good for expats families with children or pets

    - CONS: long-term – often 1 or 2-year minimum contract, can be pricey, service management is often not included

     

     

    Ways to find an apartment for rent in Vietnam

     

    Facebook Groups – the easiest and fastest way is to join the active Facebook group for housing in Vietnam. Check out this list for the best and most active Facebook expat groups in Vietnam.

     

    Related article: How to find apartments for rent?

     

    Craiglist – Vietnam has its own craigslist which is a good source as well. This is also perfect when finding a furniture you need in your new apartment

     

    Modoho.com.vn – an online platform where you can find the latest posting for apartments in the whole Vietnam.

     

    Contact a real estate agent – in my own experience, there are loads of real estate agents that you will come across on Facebook groups. Send them a message with the information of what exactly you are looking for and your budget, they will help you find you your preferred apartment

     

    Related article: Where can i find apartments for rent online?

     

     

    What to remember when finding an Vietnam apartment plus tips

     

    You need to have a work permit or a business visa to be able to sign up an Vietnam apartment. Although a lot of real estate agents will let you sign up with a tourist visa, keep in mind that you are taking a risk by doing this. Especially if you are working on a tourist visa as well.

     

     

    It is common that you will be asked to pay at least one month (two months is normal too) in advance plus a deposit (one month or more).

     

    Make sure that you have your name and right dates of occupancy on the contract to avoid any illegalities.

     

    Always ask for a viewing before agreeing, signing or paying anything in advance.

     

    Related article: Expenses Incurred When Renting An Apartment In Ho Chi Minh City

     

    Ask your landlord for plenty of options on ways to pay your monthly dues.

     

    Ask for the feedback from the expat community about the area of your possible new apartment (safety of the neighbourhood, does it flood during rainy season).

     

    Check if it is suitable for your need (distance to your work, public transportation, child and/or pet-friendly)

     

    This article is summarized by Modoho - a trusted agency in Ho Chi Minh city. If you need any help from a local expert with free searching services (only landlord have to pay) feel free to contact us. Here is some listing for you:

     

    Masteri Thao Dien for rent.

    Vinhomes Central Park for rent.

    Estella Heights for rent.

    Apartment for rent in District 2 (Thao Dien).

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