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Renting an Apartment or House in Argentina

Ready, set – move to Argentina! Is this your dream? If planning to relocate or live for an extended period of time you will most likely want to rent an apartment or house. For those interested in purchasing real estate read: How To Buy Buy Real Estate in Argentina.

Example of a Residential Neighborhood in Buenos Aires

Your first hurdle will be to pick an area you want to live in such as: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza or other.

In choosing one of these popular tourist areas you will most likely be required to have a “guarantee” in order to rent. A guarantee is a person in Argentina who owns property and will co-sign the lease for you. For someone new to the country of course that would be impossible. Also, by law a permanent (unfurnished) apartment cannot be rented for less than two years. If you pay a full year of rent upfront, some will accept that in lieu of the guarantee.

No need to start to fret – there are many apartment brokers who specialize in renting to foreigners and can help you arrange a short or long-term (furnished) rental. See the listings below with links to the company´s respective website.

In addition, some hostals have fully-equipped apartments on-site or nearby for short-term rental. For Buenos Aires contact Hostel Ostinatto or Hostel Carlos Gardel.     Travel Guide to Buenos Aires

Throughout Argentina are Apart-Hotels – hotels that have mini-apartments for rent. A more expensive option than a hostal, but a good choice for those who can afford it and need a place to stay while looking for something more long-term. A list of locations throughout Argentina with contact information can be found here: Apart Hotels in Argentina.

You can rent an apartment in Argentina month-to-month in a manner similar to doing so in the U.S. or Canada, but this is not the norm and you will need to pay a few months of rent and/or a hefty deposit. I would recommend that you break away from the common expatriate locales (and where most tourists congregate, such as the areas listed above), and head out of town some distance to a less populated area.

Make friends with a few locals or visit an Immobilaria (real estate office) in your most conservative travel attire and you should have options available in no time.

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Want more information on relocating to Argentina? Read all articles in the FREE Living in Argentina Guide.

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