lolapls wrote:Will it be better to hostel around until we find a place? It seems easier to being in Lima to be able to find a place to live.
Thanks again to all!
I suggest that you stay in a hostel and then have a look around. If you find a neighbourhood that you like then you can start looking for a place in that area.
The best place to find places to rent is Sunday's edition of ''ElComercio''. Buy it early in the morning as affordable priced places go quick.
San Miguel is a nice and safe district and the rents are (still) affordable.
Never pay the advertised rent. Always negotiate a lower rent and make sure that the contract states what's included in the rent and what's not.
Always ask the person who rents out the property proof that he's the owner of the property. Ask him to show you the Titulo de Propriedad and his DNI.
Never rent a place that's still occupied. It often happens that current tenants move out later or not at all.
When you move in...CHANGE THE LOCKS. To avoid that the previous tenants or the landlord makes an unwanted visit.
Before renting the place, check out the area and the building both during the day and at night. Some areas are nice during the day but become a no-go area after dark. And many Peruvians love to put the volume of their ''equipo'' at full blast all night long. You don't want them as neighbours.
If you rent a place that has a street view then expect to hear a lot of horns, caralarms and noisy combis passing by. Few homes in Peru have double glazed windows.
If a place is advertised for a much lower rent than usual in that area then bells should start ringing. It could be a scam or the place might have neighboors from hell.
Always ask for a receipt for anything you pay to the landlord.
Make sure that the water and electricity meter are independent. Often landlords don't tell their tenants if the meters are 'compartido' so you might end up paying the bill of your landlord who lives in the flat next door.