Jun 28, 2012, 4:54 PM
Post #3 of 3
Mexico is an extremely large country, so it's hard to give any specifics. While foreign landlords (in tourist areas or gringo ghettos) often advertise in English on sites like "Craigslist", most Mexican landlords advertise locally — very locally (like a sign in the window of the building). Best to decide where you plan to live, expect to stay in a hotel or hostel for at least a few months.
-- Do you need an apartment? If you are single, you need to know that living on your own is still the exception, not the rule, for single people. Rooming houses, hotels, or boarding are all possibilities, and will usually work out a monthly or weekly rate. Or look for a roommate wanted situation.
-- Furnished rentals, naturally cost more than unfurnished, but "unfurnished" often means no hot water heater, stove or refrigerator. Tenants generally own their appliances, unless it is specified in the rental.
-- Landlords generally want to meet you in person. There is no way to check the credit-worthiness of a foreigner (especially one with a foreign income), so don't be surprised if you need a "fiador"... co-signer or bonding agent: these people generally advertise their services in the classifieds section of the newspapers under the rentals heading. As an alternative, some landlords will take a two or three month deposit.
-- There are of course, weekly, or monthly rentals, without leases but expect to pay more.