Generally laws on renting property in Panama tend to favor the landlords. Fortunately, negotiation between the landlord and the tenant can be done freely. For any residential property, the rental agreement may include details on future rent increase. Rent in Panama not exceeding $150 a month cannot be increased unless the Landlord gets a written permission from the Ministry of Housing. The request of increase of homes for rent in Panama will be assessed on grounds that the rent payable is fair enough and the basis of the expected returns of the landlord. Rural properties, properties in the Canal Zone are exempted from this. Also any holiday rental properties for example the Panama beach houses for rent. This is as long as the occupier will be there for not more than 6 months. Other exempted properties include properties under the management of official bodies.
How to Rent a property in Panama
To rent property in panama (including apartments for rent in Panama), one is expected to pay a security deposit; an equivalent of the month’s rent. The landlord passes the deposit to the Housing Ministry and only returned after the end of the lease agreement. Not unless the landlord make a claim on the money for rent owed by the tenant or for coverage of damage done by the tenant. This is usually as the agreement between the landlord and the tenant prior to signing of the rent agreement.
If rent is not paid, a tenant can be evicted. This is after lapse of the minimum period of time when the legal procedure is taking place. This includes the process of serving the notice, trial and finally enforcement. This can add up to 120 days. To evict a person from failure to pay rent in Panama the landlord must be prepared to go to court. This is because the notice of eviction must be enforced by the Corregidor which stands to be the highest authority for each and every region. That is what happens even in homes for rent in Panama.
Renting and Rent Termination Procedures
To rent a house in Panama, you can find a house through an estate agent. The agent acts on behalf of both the landlord and the tenant giving the tenant a maximum of three years if none of the party wishes to terminate the agreement. Early termination of premises in Panama for Rent may result in Penalties as may be stipulated in the contract. Renting for instance homes for rent in Panama for a period of less than a year can be costly to the tenant as you are likely to pay more in rent and deposits.Rent increases usually increasing at a rate not exceeding 5% per an nun. Rents are paid monthly in advance.
There are apartments for rent in Panama. You can get both furnished and unfurnished properties. Generally a furnished apartment will mean having basic furniture like a bed, living room furniture wardrobe and kitchen appliances. It does not include extras like Televisions though you will get landlord including kitchen appliances. There are even Panama beach houses for rent.
Prices of Rental Properties
Just like what happens in most countries, the prices of rental properties vary a great deal depending on the area and the facilities. For instance an apartment for rent Panama that is of good quality that has more than 2 bedrooms and a secure parking place with a number of other basic appliances can cost from around $600 a month. In poor areas houses for rent Panama can be found for less than $500 a month.