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Renting an apartment in Brazil for a long-term stay (one year+) will be difficult, unless you are being sent here by your company in which case they will (or should) assist you. If you are on you own, here is what you will face:
Why It Won’t Be Easy:
- You have to speak and read Portuguese or have someone who does.
- You have to have a co-signer (fiador).
- There is a work-around by buying insurance. This info from Gringoes.com member. I didn’t know there was insurance for this.
- You usually have to sign a one-year contract unless you can negogiate a pay-as-you-go, which is usually at least 3 months.
- You will have to buy furniture. Furnished apartments are very rare and are usually found, if at all, near universities, in which case they are small and you will be living in a building with universities students. If you don’t like to party, this is not an option.
- You will probably have to buy the washer and fridge as well.
- You have to change the electricity account to your name.
- You have to put in a phone, which requires documentation which only permanent residents have.
- You will have to pay, just for the rent, from R$700,00 to R$3,000 per month. Obviously you can find cheaper or more expensive options.
- Last, but not least, the Tax de Condominio (expenses such as water, personnel, gas, repairs, elevator maintenance, which are divided amount all apartment renters and owners in the building.)
- The apt fees can run from R$350 to well over R$1,000. Depends if the apartment complex has a pool, small gym, and number of staff.
- and ….there is always something else.
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UPDATED: Sept 2012
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