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Renting Property

Israel - Renting Property

In Israel rental agreements for properties will vary. The basic information it should contain is details on the tenant and the landlord. Prospective tenants are advised to check out the ownership of the property as it has been quite common in recent years for landlords to be impersonated and collect monies to which they are not entitled.

Most leases are for a duration of one year and a tenant will not be eligible to break this early unless the landlord has already broken the terms of the lease. If a tenant breaks the contract early they are responsible for paying the rent for the rest of the agreed term. If an extension has been agreed, then the agreement will show the rental amount for the option period and show the tenant’s right to give notice.

The tenancy agreement should include a detailed description of the property and any furniture that is included. Details on any damaged items or the general condition of the property should also be included so that tenants are not unfairly charged for repairs. It should also make clear that reasonable wear and tear is not the responsibility of the tenant.

Tenants will have to pay a security deposit. This is refundable when the tenant leaves but may take several months to be refunded. This is to ensure that no bills have been left unpaid by the tenant. This is usually the equivalent of three months rent. Both tenants and landlords are advised to have everything checked by a lawyer prior to signing.

There are some areas which expats are advised to avoid when choosing housing, mainly those which are frequently sites of civil unrest. It is wise to take into consideration religious and cultural differences when deciding on a place to live. Most Israelis are hospitable people and will be welcoming, but there is a minority who do not like to mix. It is also a good idea to take into account the locations of the nearest hospitals, schools and employment opportunities. Average rental prices can range between 1000 shekels and 5000 shekels, depending upon the size and location of the property.

Many families do have domestic help, particularly if they are resident in a larger property. There are agencies who can help to recruit staff for you and it is recommended that you check all references before hiring anybody to work in your home.

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