Apartment to rent Bogota - Documentation for foreigner...help!
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 21, 2012 12:22 PM Last Post By: recol
Aug 14, 2012 8:23 PM
Apartment to rent Bogota - Documentation for foreigner...help!Hi there
I'm a British Citizen, living in Scotland in the UK. I was recently in Bogota to visit my partner for 2 months, and after being in the city very much wish to move there on a long term basis. I have been offered a job in Bogota starting as soon as I can arrive. Ideally i'm hoping to get out there by mid-September.
I'm looking to rent an apartment for myself and my Colombian partner, most likely for 6+ months, around the Chapinero / Chapinero Alto area (ideally within a cheap taxi distance of Parque 93 near my work)
Regarding the rental of property, I am aware that it can be quite difficult in Bogota due to the documentation required from most landlords / retail agencies. As i'm a British citizen, it's very difficult to find a Colombian guarantor who earns enough money and owns a property. Me and my partner are only 22, and although my parents would easily be in a position to guarantee an apartment, this obviously isnt possible as they live in the UK. My partner earns very little, does not own a property, etc. The same goes for his immediate family members.
Is there any way to best go about finding a place to rent without all of the guarantor hassle? I would be able to pay an upfront 1/2 months rent payment if that might appease some landlords. I'm looking for 6 months minimum, on a budget of around 2.000.000 maximum (1 bedroom apartment).
If anyone knows of people who may be able to help with this, or ways to go about doing this, please let me know. I'm interested to hear what anybody has to say on the rental process.
Aug 15, 2012 5:46 PM
1I have a hostel in Armenia, Quindio but my wife has a real state office in Chapinero Alto, Bogotá and we have apartments for rent. I checked with her and she says she has a two bedroom apt in Balcones de la Septima which is right on seventh avenue and 53rd St, and the cost including the administration is One million and a half. Now in order to avoid all the hassle of the paperwork and the guarantees she suggest you guys open a CDT which is bank note for three months rent which will only be used in case you guys default on the rent, otherwise it will be given back to you once the lease expire.
Should you guys be interested let me know at your convenience.
Aug 17, 2012 7:51 AM
If you´re able to pay up front that usually solves the issues with documentation and a Colombian person that backs you up. I´m not sure if pay 1/2 months in advance is enough though. You can email and ask, here is a list of real estate agencies in bogota norte
Here you´ll find a list of apertment rentals bogota norte
I solved the issue with documentation etc by advance payment 6 months at a time.
Aug 21, 2012 12:22 PM
3We`re in the real estate business.
Usually the best solution for foreigners who can`t comply with the local regulations (co-signer, credit history, etc etc) is to pay AT LEAST three months in advance. If you offer 1 or 2 months that won`t be enough.
We usually require 6 months in advance.
Another thing, you say you`re willing to pay 2 million for a non furnished 1 bedroom apartment? that`s very expensive, from whom did you get that number? we have 2 bedroom FURNISHED apartments in north Bogota for 1.8 million a month, and that includes utilities, cable TV and WiFi.
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