If you’re looking for long-term accommodation in Hoi An, you’ll be pleased to here that renting a house 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 500USD 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 to stay 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.
Find our guide to finding long-term accommodation in Hoi An below..
Things to be Aware of
Some local people in Vietnam will 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 to you, make sure your contract mentions the need to make appointments before they can visit.
If you see a rather prominent altar in the house, ask if the landlord needs to come into the house to pray. Whilst nearly all premises (houses, offices, shops) in Vietnam have a small altar which people use to make offerings to their ancestors, you may find the one in the home you’re renting to be 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 come to an agreement in the contract before you sign anything.
Hoi An’s Real Estate Agents
Nha ToiThe only licensed real estate company in Hoi An.
They organize 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 RealtyDa Nang property agent
They list apartments, houses, villas, office rentals, vacation rentals, and property sales advice.
However, all Hoi An enquiries are dealt with by Nha Toi.
Staying at a Homestay
Many people who come to live in Hoi An start off by living in a homestay, and some never leave! If you’re looking at long-term accommodation, then it’s worth considering a homestay as they come in many shapes and sizes. Some will feel like a small hotel, others will be similar to staying in an apartment, with your own ‘front door’ and cooking facilities.
If you agree a long-term stay then many homestays will be happy to negotiate a reduced rate. Check in advance if your deal includes electricity charges and whether you’ll be responsible for cleaning your room and laundering bed sheets.
We urge everyone to make Nha Toi their first point of contact. Whilst most Vietnamese landlords are very pleasant to deal with some can be difficult. Going through an agent provides protection and removes the language barrier. However, if you cannot find what you are looking for through Nha Toi then keep your eyes on the Facebook pages below. Houses for rent are frequently advertised on these. You can also post an ad.
New pages/groups are always popping up, so search ‘Hoi An Expats’ on Facebook to find more.
Updated July 2020
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