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Costa Rica - Renting Property
Here are some tips on finding a good rental property and the rental process:
- Ask friends and contacts - good property is often found through word of mouth.
- Check La Nacion classifieds - section called 'alquiler - casas' 'alquiler - apartamentos'.
- Look for signs in windows, 'se alquila' means 'For rent'.
- The Tico Times has good rentals in their classifieds, properties are more likely to have the amenities you expect and you can get information in English.
- Rental contracts are for 1 year. They may be renewed automatically and increase 15% per year if the price is in Colones.
- Prices are based on the location. In rural areas you can get a large house with a large yard for $500 per month, in more exclusive areas they will cost $3000.
- A security deposit ('deposito') is usually required, returned when you leave if everything is in good condition and if you have given written notice 30 days in advance.
- Utilities are generally separate, double check for phone service, if it is not advertised with a phone it probably won't have it.
- The rental law is very complete and specific. It offers good protection for the renter and property owner, some clauses may not be overridden even if the contract states otherwise.
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