Accommodation in Peru is generally quite affordable and there is a variety of options for expats to choose from, depending on their lifestyle and budget. The range and quality of accommodation vary considerably depending on where one chooses to settle, with accommodation in Peruvian cities, particularly Lima, being way more expensive than in smaller towns. While apartments are the most common type of accommodation for city-dwelling expats, houses are often more popular in more rural areas.
Types of accommodation in Peru
The majority of expats in Peru live in one of the country’s cities and choose accommodation in the form of apartments. Houses are more difficult to find, but those wanting more space and a garden may find what they’re looking for if they’re prepared to pay for it.
Apartments can be furnished, semi-furnished or unfurnished, with the latter being more common. Furnished apartments may include basic furniture and appliances, while unfurnished accommodation will likely not have any appliances and may not even have light fittings.
In general, expats should expect to pay more for accommodation that is closer to the city centre and near public transport routes.
Finding accommodation in Peru
Most local newspapers have listings of available accommodation to rent. It’s also possible to find accommodation online, through property portals and online versions of local newspapers.
There are many real-estate agents operating in Peru and they are a good source of information and assistance when it comes to finding accommodation.
Most landlords may not be able to speak English, so if viewing an apartment it’s best to take a trusted associate along or view the property with the estate agent.
Renting accommodation in Peru
A lease is normally signed for a year and a security deposit of up to three months’ rent may be required to secure the property. Utilities, such as water and electricity, are not always included in the rental price and will be an additional expense for the tenant’s account.
When renting property in Peru, expats should ensure that a proper, signed rental contract is in place and that the responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant are clearly defined, including an inventory and which utilities are included.
Factors to consider when house-hunting in Peru
Safety and security are important considerations when choosing accommodation in Peru. Crime is a concern in Peruvian cities, and house break-ins occur frequently. Expats should choose secure accommodation that preferably has 24/7 security and an alarm system; apartments on upper floors are also more secure.