Accommodation in Bahrain
Expats looking for accommodation in Bahrain will almost certainly find bigger, better property options available to them than back home. Regardless of whether expats prefer a modern apartment in a lofty high-rise, an expansive villa outside of the city centre, or a cookie-cutter home in a safe and secure expat compound, there are options to satisfy any taste or budget.
The first factor to consider is the location of a property. Expats will need to decide whether they want to be in the city centre of Manama or further out in the suburbs. Though the difference is a mere 10- to 30-minute commute in what is likely to be a private vehicle, the type of accommodation differs according to area.
Expats with families who want larger properties are more likely to be find these outside the city centre. They will also need to consider proximity to good international schools.
Types of accommodation in Bahrain
Expat compounds are a popular option for foreigners. The insular community, added security, access to amenities and the spirit of camaraderie are all major drawcards for those who choose to live in these compounds.
Furnished, unfurnished and semi-furnished homes are all available in Bahrain. Semi-furnished accommodation includes the provision of kitchen appliances, air conditioners and curtains. Unfurnished often means completely bare. Fully furnished accommodation in Bahrain comes comprehensively equipped and, in many cases, stylishly decorated.
There's no shortage of good furniture stores in Bahrain, and artisans and craftsman can also be commandeered to make some truly unique fittings and innovative household goods. As a result, many expats choose the semi-furnished or unfurnished route.
Finding accommodation in Bahrain
Many expats relocating to Bahrain have accommodation arranged through their employer. For those who are left to find a home in Bahrain on their own steam usually enlist the services of a real estate agent. These individuals are incredibly helpful and often go as far as to negotiate the lease once a property has been selected.
Many expats opt to take short-term housing immediately upon arrival while they use an agent to find a more permanent living option. Searching for accommodation online and in newspapers may also yield results.
Renting property in Bahrain
The process of renting a property in Bahrain is straightforward. In most cases, expats will either receive the support of their employer or an estate agent.
Rental contracts are available for various lengths of time. Expats need to ensure that they are committed to living in the property for the complete period specified on the rental agreement as getting out of a contract prior to it expiring can be difficult.
Security deposits are not very common in Bahrain, but some landlords and rental agencies one month’s rent upfront. The deposit is held by the agent or landlord against any unpaid bills or liabilities.