Accommodation in Perth
Accommodation in Perth, as in greater Australia, comes in all shapes and sizes. Expats will need to decide what kind of property they prefer, what kind of property they can afford, and in which area or suburb of Perth they’d like that property to be located before beginning their search.
Types of property in Perth
Expats will find that there are plenty of housing options available in Perth. It ranges from furnished and unfurnished apartments (known as flats), to houses, studios and luxury apartments. The standard of accommodation varies significantly depending on the area.
It is worth noting that houses in Perth are built to keep their residents cool and not warm. Thus, central heating and double-glazed windows are a rarity. To keep warm in winter months it helps to look for houses that get a lot of natural light, have north-facing windows or have put the more modern tenets of insulation into practice.
For expats on short-term assignments, renting is more common than buying property. For those who are considering buying, one upside of Perth's recently declining economy is that housing has become more affordable. Expats will certainly find that properties in Perth have better value for money than those in Sydney or Melbourne.
Finding property in Perth
Expats will find that they may be required to do most of the house-hunting themselves. Resources like newspaper classifieds and internet searches are helpful in finding some options.
Alternatively, working with a real estate agent can make the process simpler and may yield better results than going it alone. Real estate agents also often have access to property listings before they go on the open market. However, employing an agent does usually come at a cost of around 10 to 20 percent of the rental cost.
Renting property in Perth
Viewings for accommodation in Perth are usually at set times, and if the property is well-priced, expats should expect to be viewing with a number of other people. Many properties are managed through an agent and references will usually be required.
Rent for accommodation in Perth is payable monthly and is typically payable at the end of each month to the real estate agent or landlord. Utility bills are usually not included in the rental price and are the responsibility of the tenant to pay.