Accommodation in Algeria
There is a variety of accommodation in Algeria for expats to choose from. Where an expat lives will depend on their circumstances and the type of work they do. Those living in the main cities are likely to live in apartments or villas, while expats working in the more remote oilfields will likely live within secure compounds managed by their company.
Types of accommodation in Algeria
Algerian cities offer several different types of accommodation, including studios, apartments and villas. Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available, with the former being more popular.
Security is always an important consideration when searching for accommodation in Algeria. Those that work in the oilfields, in particular, will likely be housed in compound accommodation that is heavily secured.
Finding accommodation in Algeria
There are some real estate websites. However, without knowledge of French and some understanding of the local housing market and residential neighbourhoods, the best option is to engage the services of a local real estate agent. Most expats moving to Algeria can also rely on the assistance of their employer in the housing search.
Renting property in Algeria
Leases are typically signed on a one-year basis. Paying a year’s rent in advance is not unusual and agency fees will be charged on top of that. It is required to pay a deposit equal to a month's rent when signing the lease. This deposit is refunded once the lease has come to an end and the tenant hasn't damaged the premises during their occupation period.
Rental contracts are usually drawn up in Arabic. To ensure expats know exactly what’s expected from them, it’s important to have the lease translated into English.