Our Dica today will show you how to Rent in Brazil. You’ll learn about the process itself and tips about how to do it properly. Pay attention and be ready!
Rent in Brazil
There are three different ways of renting an apartment: A private rental with the owner himself, assisted private rentals with the help of an agency, or short-term rentals. Short term rentals are pretty anything less than 30 months, these are very common for foreigners in Brazil.
There are websites and apps in which you can find apartments like Viva Real, Classificados OLX or ZapImóveis. These are places where people disclose their apartments for rental, so you can find and compare the apartments. Another option would be to search in a newspaper classifieds like O Globo.
What do you need to Rent in Brazil
When renting a house or an apartment for a long term or short term in Brazil, you have some things you need to do first. Most landlords require that you make a three-months rent deposit as a guarantee for long terms. But for short terms it’s usually required just a monthly payments.
It’s also expected from the renter to pay for your own utilities, such as electrical bills, water, and the condomínio, a fee for when you live in an apartment inside a condo. There’s also taxes, called IPTU that you may have to pay.
Long-terms usually require a local co-signer or proof of a vast work history.
Guarantees when renting an apartment
For you to rent an apartment it’s is important to show guarantees that you can pay for it. These guarantees can be Insurance, Security Deposit or a Co-signer.
Insurance – some insurance companies such as Porto Seguro or BB Seguro Residêncial offer a guarantee service through proof of income. You’ll have to present a salary slip and to pay a non-repayable annual fee in the amount of one or two months rent, depending on the contract. But it isn’t easy to apply for if you aren’t living in Brazil or working for a Brazilian company.
Security Deposit – fee paid to guarantee the apartment rental. This fee may be two or three months rent, depending on the contract. The fee shall be deposited in a savings account separated from the owner’s account and at the end of contract it returns to the renter with interest. Be aware that the money is returned correctly. It may happen that the owner do not return the interest or make excuses not to give the money back. It may be the best option for when you’re moving to Brasil for a short time.
Co-signer – You’ll have to find a person to take financial responsibility in case something happens. When you’re new in Brazil, finding a co-signer is hard, so another option would be to rent an apartment with a Brazilian, so you take the opportunity to practice Portuguese.
If you want to share apartments, websites such as EasyQuarto or AirBnB may be useful. Besides that, our school offers several accommodations so that you can learn Portuguese by living. You’ll be place in one of our host families or carioca people and will be able to start practicing Portuguese right away.
Average cost of renting an Apartment in Rio de Janeiro
If you have no idea how much you’ll be paying monthly for an apartment, check out this small guide about its average cost in Rio de Janeiro:
|3-rooms Apartment (Expensive Area)||4.352,12 Reais|
|2-rooms Apartment (Expensive Area)||3.016,82 Reais|
|Studio (Expensive Area)||1.535,65 Reais|
|3-rooms Apartment (Cheap Area)||1.731,58 Reais|
|2-rooms Apartment (Cheap Area)||1.180,39 Reais|
|Studio (Cheap Area)||636,80 Reais|
Without talking Portuguese you may fall victim to a scam, so it’s best that you communicate in Portuguese and try to learn a bit about Brazilian culture, as you may end up paying more than you should for something.
Daily at Rio & Learn we help our students learn Portuguese and know the customs in Brazil. This way they can have tools to get around just like any Brazilian.
Rent Vocabulary in Brazil
Check out some important terms about rent in Brazil:
Taxa de condomínio – Condomínio is a set of properties of several people, and taxa de condomínio is a fee each apartment should pay related to the ordinary expenses in a condo, such as maintenance of facilities, porter salary, proper operation of common areas such as gym, pool and others.
IPTU – Real State Tax and Urban Land. It’s a tax paid to the government by people who own a property. The taxa de condomínio and the IPTU may influence the price of the rent. It’s important to pay attention to the total you will have to pay.
Localização – one of the most important things is where the apartment is located. There are apartments in very good neighborhoods that are very close to dangerous areas. Keep your eyes open for you not to have any surprise.
Vizinhos – it’s always good to know what kind of neighbors you’ll have and what the neighborhood is like. It’s equally important to respect the local rules.
Construções – it’s is possible to find constructions next to the apartment you want to rent. Noise and visual pollution generated by them may be a trouble. Keep a close watch, because Brazil is a noisy country and it’s very important to know that before signing the contract.
Electricidade – check if the electrical part of the apartment is ok. See if the lights and outlets are working properly.
Água – The water, always ask if the plumbing is up to date. Look for infiltration marks such as stains on the walls or darker areas. It’s also good to check if the taps and shower are working properly.
Móveis – When renting a furnished apartment, check if all the pieces of furniture are in good conditions and all electronic devices are working, otherwise, when leaving the apartment the owner may charge you to pay for something broken that was not your fault.
Contas mensais – it’s important to pay the electricity, water and gas (in case there is) bills, and it can be done with a boleto (bank slip) in banks or lottery retailers. The rent, differently from the others, can be paid by a deposit in the owners account. Pay attention, because this can make you forget to pay. Brazilian banks are open from Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arrive early for the lines are long.
Imobiliária – The agency where you may look for an apartment or house. Imobiliário is the person who can sell or rent you houses.
Alugar temporário – Temporary renting, that’s ideal for when you’re looking for a better place but you need somewhere to live while you do that.
We hope these tips on how to rent an apartment in Brazil help you find some something really nice. And remember, if you have any trouble with Portuguese, count on us. Rio & Learn‘s doors are always open for you.
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