My first year in Malaysia went by so quickly. I guess it is true that time flies when you’re having fun. So I’ve decided that I want to stay longer, at least 5 years more. So for expats like you, what are your long-term living options for Kuala Lumpur:
Finding an Apartment for Rent
I initially wanted to stay in Petaling Jaya for more relax environment but then I realized that my job site is in Kuala Lumpur and it only makes more sense that I stay near it. AirBnb is a good place to start searching for accommodation but you can only select certain dates. I suggest using ‘Property Guru’ if you’re looking for a whole place to rent and ‘iBilik’ if you’re only looking for a room instead.
Owners who want their places to be rented usually course through a real-estate agent. With that being said, as a renter you have to communicate with the agent as well. But I would suggest meeting the owner before signing the contract. The good thing about it is that they can give you options to choose from. They can negotiate on your behalf too. If the place has car park and you don’t have a car, you can have it rented out by other tenant who might need it. Or save yourself the hassle by asking the owner if they can deduct it from the monthly rent instead.
You can consider yourself lucky if you can get a one bedroom or studio room apartment with an affordable rate. Most of the condominiums here in KL have 2 or 3 bedrooms. Some of the people I know would rent out their spare rooms either short or long term. This would at least help them pay the rent as well as the utilities by splitting the bills. I personally rented 2 bedrooms apartment and reserve my spare room for family, relatives or friends who want to visit.
On the other hand, if you only want a bed to sleep for yourself then renting a room might be a good option for you. If you want the room and bathroom to yourself, make sure you stay in the master’s bedroom. Otherwise you can opt for middle room or small room.
Standard rental contract states that you will rent the place for 1 year and you have an option to extend to another year if you wish too. Contract is notarized and stamp, which is done by the agent, as it will serve as legal binding between you and the owner. This will also serve as protection for both parties. It is strongly advisable to finish your 1 year contract as owner will hold your security deposit which is equivalent to your 2 months’ rent. The security deposit will be returned to you once confirmed that there’s no more pending bills.
These are the few things I considered before picking a place to stay. What I learned is that if you’re a good tenant, then the owner might want to renew your rental for a few more after 2 years. Saves you both time looking for a place to stay and waiting for renter.
P.S. Need a place to stay when going to Kuala Lumpur?