There are two main avenues for finding a villa or apartment to rent in Qatar – using a real estate agent or renting privately.
Real estate agents can be a big help when you’re looking to rent a villa or apartment in Qatar. They usually have a number of potential rental listings and are open to showing prospective tenants the various options. As in other countries, most agents act as liaisons between the landlord and the tenant, offering administrative services (including rental negotiations and drawing up of contracts) in exchange for a fee. In Qatar the service fee is equivalent to half a month’s or two weeks’ rent.
However, as a Commercial Bank customer, you will have exclusive access to a free executive service to show you available villas and apartments to rent in Doha. To benefit from this service, simply contact one of our housing partners listed below.
If you don’t want to go down the estate agent route, you can try to rent an apartment or villa privately. Private rentals are best sought out in the classifieds sections of Qatar’s English-language newspapers – Gulf Times and The Peninsula.
Another viable option is to identify the area you want to live in and contacting the management of the apartment building or villa in question to make enquiries about availability and upcoming vacancies.
Whether you are renting property in Qatar privately or through an estate agent, there are a few things that you should be aware of:
What you need
In order to rent a property, you will need the following:
- a copy of your passport
- a residence permit for Qatar
- a Qatar ID card
- a salary certificate from your employer
All contracts are drawn up in English and Arabic. If you are only presented with an Arabic contract, you are well within your rights to ask for a translated copy. Take your time to have the translation verified by a trusted party as the Arabic version of the contract is the only one considered binding by the courts. Contracts are usually drawn up for a year and are renewable on an annual basis. Once the contract has been signed, the landlord has 30 days to register it with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture, along with a registration fee of 1% of the annual rent.
We recommend that you review your rental contract thoroughly, paying particular attention to the terms and clauses outlined below. The list given below is recommended and is by no means exhaustive.
- Rental fee and its mode of payment
- Any terms relating to a security deposit
- Duration of the contract, including the start date and finish date
- Any notice periods and related conditions
- The landlord’s liabilities and responsibilities (i.e. are utility bills covered, what maintenance and repair issues will the landlord take care of, etc.)
- Any restrictions that the tenant must abide by (i.e. no pets or smoking in the house, noise restrictions, etc.)
- If the apartment or villa you are renting is furnished, you should insist on an inventory of all items to be included as an appendix to the contract
Be it through agents or privately, most tenancy contracts require post-dated cheques for the contract period.
CBQ Current Account comes with a cheque book and there is no minimum balance on current a/c for salary accounts.
Most properties in Qatar require a security deposit of about one month’s rent. This amount is generally fully refundable at the end of the contract period provided there isn’t any damage to the property and the tenant hasn’t lapsed on any payments for the duration of the contract.
In the event that you have a dispute with your landlord, the matter needs to be presented to the Rental Dispute Settlement Committee, which is located next to Rawdat Al Khail Park, in Muntazah, off C Ring road.