Some people come to Hoi An, find a Homestay and remain there. Others, particularly those aiming to stay longer usually want to rent.
Renting a house in Hoi An is relatively straightforward. You can go through a real estate agent or directly through the owner. Prices vary depending on what you are looking for but as a rough gauge: a modern, two-bedroom house with Western facilities will rent for around $US 500 per month. Of course you can find much cheaper properties but that is down to luck in terms of how you find out about it – or your negotiation skills.
Landlords usually like 6 months’ rent in advance but some will agree to 3 months’. If you intend staying for a while, you might consider signing a one year lease as you can often negotiate a cheaper rental price. Some expats suggest a much longer lease to their landlords (5 years in some cases) but the agreed rent is still paid every six months. When landlords have an assured tenant for some time they are usually happy to reduce the rent.
Many long-term expats are aware of the cultural problems that can sometimes arise when renting from a Vietnamese landlord. However, for those more new to Hoi An, here are some pointers for caution:
*The Vietnamese have a different view of privacy to foreigners. A Vietnamese landlord may think it is fine to turn up at the house at any time of day unannounced. If the idea of this doesn’t quite appeal, make sure your contract mentions the need to make appointments before they can visit.
*If you see a rather prominent alter in the house – ask if the landlords need to come into the house to pray. Whilst nearly all premises (houses, offices, shops) in Vietnam have a small alter which Vietnamese use to make offerings to their ancestors, you may find the one in the family home is of particular importance. Thus, the need for landlords to enter their houses, regardless of who is currently living there, may not be something they think is unusual. If this worries you, make sure you stipulate in the contract that they are not allowed to come in, or restrict the times and days they can.
Hoi An’s real estate agents:
Alex Hartley: 012 6277 4421, [email protected]
(Nha Toi is the only licenced Real Estate company in Hoi An. They organise house rentals, room rentals and property sales. We highly recommend you contact them first and if they do not have what you are looking for then try the various agents & suggestions below.)
Central Vietnam Realty
Call Piotr on 0934 891 746
(CVR – apartments, houses, villas, office rentals, vacation rentals and property sales advice. Hoi An enquiries are dealt with by Nha Toi)
Hoi An Real Estate
Rent Hoi An
Contact through their website or call Phuong on 0916861506
Houses for rent are frequently advertised on the various Facebook pages. If you are looking to rent then consider posting an ad. The Facebook Pages to use are:Back to previous page