Accommodation in Azerbaijan, while plentiful, is expensive. It is likely to be an expat’s biggest expense, so those relocating to Azerbaijan should ensure that their employment package is sufficient to cover this.
Most expats living in Azerbaijan are based in Baku. A construction boom in the city in recent years has meant that there are plenty of options when it comes to finding accommodation in Baku. This has also meant that expats have access to better, more modern housing than what was previously available.
Types of accommodation in Azerbaijan
Accommodation in Baku is mostly in the form of apartments in high-rise buildings. Many new, modern apartment blocks have sprung up in the post-Soviet era, and these generally offer better facilities and are more expensive than older Soviet-style blocks.
The closer one moves to the centre of Baku, the more expensive accommodation will be. Apartments close to the metro are also more pricey.
There are both long-term and short-term options available in Baku. Short-term options are mostly offered by hotels with designated suits that are rented out. There are also some furnished and serviced apartments that are usually cheaper than hotels.
Some expats living in Baku are accommodated in housing compounds associated with their company. These compounds usually offer large houses or villas with gardens. They are secure and have modern communal facilities such as entertainment areas, tennis courts and swimming pools.
Finding accommodation in Azerbaijan
The most common method of finding property to rent in Azerbaijan is to go through a rental agency. The classifieds of local newspapers also have property listings.
Many expats moving to Azerbaijan on a corporate package have their accommodation arranged and provided for by their employer so it’s best to confirm this before arrival.
Renting property in Azerbaijan
When renting a property in Azerbaijan, expats should do so through a reputable agency.
Rental agreements are usually signed for a one-year period. Expats will also have to pay a deposit of between one and three months' rent. Water, gas and electricity are not normally included in the rental cost and are for the tenant’s own account.
It’s a good idea to visit a potential rental property with an estate agent or trusted associate as most landlords are unlikely to speak or understand English.
Landlords in Baku have a reputation for being neglectful of their tenants and their properties, so one should ensure that a proper rental contract is in place and that the responsibilities of the tenant and landlord are all clearly defined.