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Expats will find that accommodation in Adelaide is much cheaper than in Sydney or Melbourne. As in most cities, though, both rental and purchasing prices are more expensive close to the city centre with lower prices to be found in the outer suburbs.
Before setting out on their house hunt, expats should take a number of factors into account and decide what to prioritise. Transport links, proximity to work and school, budget and lifestyle should all be considered – in some cases it may be necessary to sacrifice one aspect for another.
Types of accommodation in Adelaide
Adelaide is a city placed under the hills and most of the houses are in low one- or two-storey buildings; only directly around the city centre does one find taller apartment buildings. Both furnished and unfurnished options are available, though unfurnished accommodation is more common.
Expats moving to Adelaide should expect housing that is modest but pleasant. A large portion of the accommodation available is rather old though, and renovated accommodation can be pricier.
Adelaide winters can get quite chilly, while summer brings along some scorching days. When looking for accommodation, we advise keeping an eye out for places with heating facilities as well as air conditioning or ceiling fans.
Finding accommodation in Adelaide
The best place to start a house search is usually the on internet, where expats will find plenty of property portals to browse. This can give a good idea of what's available within various price ranges, but we'd definitely advise that expats do not sign or pay anything before seeing the accommodation in person.
Many expats initially stay in short-term accommodation in Adelaide while they search for something more permanent. At this point, local newspapers, real-estate agents and word of mouth can all be useful tools in finding the perfect new home.
Unlike many other countries, rental prices in Australia are typically quoted per week rather than per month. To avoid any surprises, make sure to double check what the terms are. Rent is typically either paid fortnightly or monthly.
Renting accommodation in Adelaide
Making an application
A system known as the "100-point identification check" is used countrywide for a number of administrative applications, including rental applications. Several forms of proof of identity must be submitted as part of the application. Different documents are allocated different point values, and must add up to 100 points.
Since the market moves fast, expats should prepare this documentation ahead of time so that they can submit their application as soon as they find something they like.
Most leases in Australia are for a period of 12 months, although it may be possible to negotiate a shorter or longer lease term if necessary.
When signing a lease, tenants will need to pay a deposit (known as a bond) of four to six weeks' worth of rent. At the end of the lease, costs for damages to the property will be deducted from the bond, with the remainder returned to the tenant.
In most cases, tenants are responsible for all utilities on top of the cost of rent. This includes electricity, water, gas and internet, though some landlords include water as part of the rental cost.
►See the Areas and Suburbs of Adelaide page for advice on neighbourhoods
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