cls.78 cls.78 posted August 15th, 2014 at 12:05 pm to Help!. Viewed 41 times. Answered 11 times.

So I've seen a lot of posts on here about people renting 3 or 4 bedroom, brand-new houses in good areas for something ridiculous like $500 per month. Admittedly these posts were about 30-40 months old.

This may be a stupid question but is it still possible to find deals such as these or is it just that prices have risen since then?

I'm guessing that if they are out there, then they won't necessarily be listed on your stock standard real-estate sites. And yes, I have looked online but it seems that to get anything decent you'd have to pay something in the realms of $600-$700.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Last answered by Homedy about 1 month ago.

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Rvalkeneer wrote on August 16th, 2014 at 4:17 am

When you want to rental a house for a that price for 3-4 bedroom one,then you need to look more further away from the city center indeed.
Also make sure that the landlord got a permission to rental it to foreigners if you or your partner aint Vietnamese, otherwise when the Ward police comes you might be needed to move out.
Also make sure that the house got a seperate electricity meter or put it in the contract that the landlord will make sure of getting one.
For example i rental a 2 room house with 84 square meter nearby ciputra for 3 million dong a month, but the electricity is coating me 3000 dong for 1 watt untill our landlord finally got our new electricity meter.

phobic888 wrote on August 16th, 2014 at 8:36 am
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Good prices are widely available, but only for those who know how to look. Far too many "companies" are lying to property owners about ridiculous rates they can get if they rent to foreigners. While this would not be a problem if no-one rented them, some people do which pushes the costs up. Learnt the Vietnamese words for rent "cho thue" and search for your desired area. In addition, add house "nha" or apartment "can ho" into the google search bar, and it may help to limit the results.

bonjourduvietnam wrote on August 17th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Avoiding brokers, you can find 70 sq meter/month for 5 or 6 millions of VND (Keep in mind that Vietnam is independant should use vietnam currency).
Still more expensive than Bangkok anyway.

cls.78 wrote on August 18th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Thanks for the tips guys.

@bonjourduvietnam so what is the best way of finding these places if you avoid brokers?

Is it simply a case of knowing the right people?


bonjourduvietnam wrote on August 18th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

read "mua va ban", and ask people in the neighborhood.

Don't need to ask locals, they aren't in the rental market so they don't know. Better contact foreigners to share who is on the move.

mattnnz wrote on August 19th, 2014 at 5:39 am

@bonjour don't ask a local? With a average house price being 30 years salary for an average local, if they aren't Hanoi natives, they are renting.

I rented a 3 bedroom house that I found online for 5.5 million per month but the place was hardly western spec and the owner told me if it breaks you fix,if the cops call you handle it yourself(this can be an issue if you need to verify your residence for a workpermit). Ask the landlord to get it upfront. The place was near royal city. The big downside of houses can be if they are tucked away in a winding warren of alleys is coming and going. If I had it to do over again I would have rented an apartment.
Rent is all over the place you can find a dump and a palace near each other both renting for the same price.

I like Get a local to help you negotiate the rental contract.

House shares with other westerners are good for some. There are many posted on this site. You can get a room in a nice house for between $250-$300. Pitch-in in a maid and %70 of the potential roommate issues are solved.

cls.78 wrote on August 19th, 2014 at 8:08 am

@mattnnz so you're all for going through real estate agents?

The only reason I ask is because a couple of people on here have warned me not to use agents where possible as a lot of them are untrustworthy and once I've signed on the dotted line they can often disappear should any issues with the property arise.

Have you ever experienced something like this?

mattnnz wrote on August 19th, 2014 at 8:55 am

I don't see them as necessary if you ask a Vietnamese friend to help. Most people I have met that have used them find them useless.

bonjourduvietnam wrote on August 19th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Brokers have made the prices raising too much. Avoiding them is saving money but of course, it will need to spend more time.

Many of landlords will be happy to be contacted directly and you will get a better price.

Cresent wrote on October 14th, 2014 at 3:24 am

No matter who you use, either friends or brokers, make sure that your landlord has a permit to rent to foreigners and he will register you to the local authority. Although I'm local, myself and my husband had to use a broker and it worked out really well. We didn't have to pay the broker a single penny, got a nice place for a good price and have spent a good few years in the house with lots of fun and comfort.

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Homedy wrote on June 3rd, 2020 at 7:51 am

You absolutely can find a house with a reasonable price on this website:

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