Rental Costs

How much does renting cost in Oman?

Rental costs vary enormously depending on property size and ammenities: price factors range from property location to swimming pools.

With plenty of new property being built, supply usually keeps pace with demand.

Many Arabs are keen to rent property to expatriates as these rentals rovide them with regular, reliable income. Average monthly rents for good-quality, unfurnished accommodation are shown below.

Type of Accommodation

Monthly Rent ($)

1-bedroom apartment

750–1,000

2-bedroom apartment

1,000–1,500

3-bedroom apartment

1,500–1,800

2/3-bedroom villa

1,800–2,250

4+-bedroom villa

2,250+

 

Furnished accommodation costs around 25 percent more than the figures quoted above, and higher rates are charged for short-term rather than long-term rents. Serviced apartments are available in all states, (though not necessarily widely). They cost between 30 and 50 per cent more than unserviced apartments - services normally include cleaning, laundry and linen-changing.

Utilities

Air-conditioning might be included in the rent or charged separately as part of your electricity bill. If there's a communal gas tank, gas is usually included in the rent. Otherwise, you can buy gas bottles. Other utilities will be separate. (Water is usually charged as part of the electricity bill). You should check these items at the time of negotiation and on the contract. You or your sponsor must also pay a deposit against damage to the property or to items of furnishing provided.

Note also that some states impose a local tax (baladiya) on property to cover expenses such as refuse collection and road maintenance. Whether the landlord or the tenant pays should be negotiated and specified in the contract, although normally the property owner bears the cost.

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