So you’re probably starting a new phase in your life and looking for an apartment for rent in Lebanon. Whether you’re getting married, moving out with your family or heading out on your own, there are several aspects to evaluate before deciding on an apartment to rent.
Start off by figuring out how much you can afford. Experts recommend spending not more than 35% of your monthly income on rent and housing. Decide on your budget in addition to the apartment area and number of beds and you’re good to go. Filter your search criteria online to help you narrow down your options and let the search begin!
Apartments for rent in Lebanon significantly vary in the offerings depending on your set criteria. You can rent an apartment in Lebanon for as low as $500 per month, or as high as a $15,000. This all depends on the location, quality of building and size. Apartment sizes in Lebanon vary between 50sqm and 1,000 sqm on average.
Apartments for rent in Beirut for instance are very different from apartments for rent in other areas like El Metn, Baabda or Kesrouane. Rent in Beirut is generally more expensive than other areas, yet cheap apartments for rent in Beirut can be found. It’s a matter of trade off, with the same budget you can find a big apartment for rent in El Metn for example, or a small apartment for rent in Beirut.
Monthly rental fees in Beirut on average vary between $800 and $16,000. Koraytem, Ramlet El Bayda, Manara, Verdun and Achrafieh are popular fancy areas in Beirut. Less expensive popular areas are Ras El Nabei, Hamra, Msaytbeh, Ras Beirut and Sodeco.
If you plan to live on your own, you could opt for a studio which would be around 70sqm and more affordable than paying more for a larger apartment which has space you may not even need.
If you wish to reside outside the Capital Beirut, areas like El Metn, Baabda and Kesrouane are very popular in Mount Lebanon. You might want to find an apartment for rent inHazmieh since the areais currently booming for it’s very close to the capital and has a considerable number of restaurants, shopping centers, grocery stores and pharmacies around. Outside Beirut, you can find apartments for rent in North Lebanon for example below $500 per month with specs that suit your needs.
With your list of criteria in hand, you can now spot the possible options to rent. Evaluate the apartment’s neighborhood by seeing if the apartments are close to work or school, near pharmacies and grocery stores, etc. Consider visiting the community during different times of the day to see if the neighborhood is quiet and feels safe. Choose a neighborhood that is safe and comfortable, you can also talk to people there and take their opinion about the area.
Once you’re satisfied with the neighborhood you should now inspect the property. Conduct a general inspection for things like toilets and water faucets, electricity cables, light fixtures, and appliances if available. As you walk through the apartment, check the roof as well for signs of leakage, look for signs of insects or rodents, open and close all the doors and windows and check the locks. It may seem cumbersome but it’s better to identify issues before you move in!
Don’t hesitate to ask important questions regarding payment methods and due dates, utilities provided with rent, the parking situation and whether you have to pay for a spot, maintenance issues and the availability of electricity generators. Asking the right questions will help you make a better informed decision about where you’ll end up living.