Most expats live in the capital city of Tehran, where accommodation is plentiful. In most cases, employers arrange accommodation for their expat employees prior to their arrival in Iran. Housing prices in Iran are rising despite the availability of properties, especially in Tehran.
It is possible for foreigners to own property if they have legal residence in Iran, but the process can be difficult. In most instances, expats prefer to rent rather than buy property in Iran.
Types of housing in Iran
The standard of expat housing in Iran is excellent. Especially in Tehran, more and more upmarket homes are being built. Most expats in Iran live in newly built residential complexes. These complexes come with a range of additional facilities such as swimming pools, saunas and health clubs on site.
Expats can choose between furnished or unfurnished accommodation, but furnished housing tends to be for shorter stays. It is advisable that expats make a detailed list of all inclusions and photograph the contents for proof of the condition when moving in.
Finding accommodation in Iran
For those whose company does not arrange accommodation, property listings are available online. Exploring these listings will also help expats understand the differences between neighbourhoods, property types available and rental prices.
Apart from searching online, there is a good range of reputable rental agencies operating in Iran. Most rental agencies will provide services in English for expats. Some even offer their services in other languages such as French. Expats should ask their company for recommendations on trustworthy real-estate agents. Embassies should also be able to provide some assistance in this area.
Renting property in Iran
It is not difficult for expats to find accommodation to rent in Iran, especially if moving to Tehran.
Making an application
Expats can apply for accommodation either by responding to a property listing online or through a real-estate agency, if an expat's company does not arrange accommodation themselves.
Rental contracts in Iran vary quite dramatically. It is important that expats fully understand the terms of the lease they are signing. Most rental contracts will be set for a period of one year. That said, because of the availability of property in Iran, expats will likely be able to negotiate shorter leases if necessary.
Renters are usually required to pay a sizeable security deposit to secure the property and compensate for any damage. The deposit is returned at the end of the lease, provided that the property is left in a suitable condition.
Frequently, electricity and water is included in the rent for furnished accommodation, but this also means that it is more expensive than unfurnished accommodation.