Renting Property in Qatar

Renting Property in Qatar

There are two main avenues for finding a villa or apartment to rent in Qatar – using a real estate agent or renting privately.

Using agents
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.

Renting privately
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:

The contract
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

Rent payment 

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.

Security deposits 

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.

Disputes
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.

 

Life in Qatar Housing Partners:

  • QHomes specialises in premium services for professional expatriates and helps you to find the perfect home suited to your lifestyle. Their website has updated properties listed. Visit www.qhomes.com.qa or call +974 4444 0077
  • Al Asmakh Real Estate offers free executive service to show you available villas and apartment to rent exclusively to Commercial Bank customers. Visit www.alasmakhrealestate.com, email or call +974 4448 5111 / 4436 0265
  • Coreo is a full-service rental and resale, real estate agency founded in 2008 offering a wide range of property services to its customers. Visit www.mycoreo.com, email or call +974 4469 9950 for more information.

Other properties for rent include:

Ezdan Hotel and Suites

Ezdan Hotel and Suites offers rooms, studio and different types of suite accommodation facilities. Also available within the accommodation space are other amenities such as televisions, air conditioning, washing machine and a dishwasher. The common areas of the hotel include a health club and a spa.

Phone: 4496 9111 | Website  

ASAS Twin Towers

This 28-storey residential development features 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments with recreation rooms. Due to the location of the building near the Arabian Sea, some of the apartments offer a sea view with a balcony. Housekeeping services are available on call for an extra fee. Spacious outdoor parking is also available on the building’s premises.

Phone: 4412 6222/23 | Website