Renting a Villa in Bali

Renting a villa in Bali – Some tips and advice on renting a villa in Bali.
Moving to Bali and renting a house is quite easy and often affordable. But, as with renting anywhere in the world, there are some things you need to know to get the most bang for your buck. Luckily, Bali offers quite a wide range of villas in an even wider range of prices. Wither you go for a huge villa right on the beach or a smaller one slightly further away, you will still be getting more for your money than you would in most places.

Advice for Renting a Villa in Bali

Here are some of the things you might want to think about if you are planning on renting a house / villa in Bali. If you aren’t interested in renting, then you might want to check out our post on investing in property in Bali.

Everybody wants a beach-front place, or at least one with close access to the beach. You’ll pay more for this than one slightly away from the beach. You’ll find that rents are cheaper as soon as you get across a main road (eg. Jl. Seminyak) from the beach, with most of the tourist villas and hotels on the beach side. Also driving a couple of kms out of town will also being the prices down.

Finding a house:
Houses for rent come on the market at a moment’s notice. Expats and local owners will often post handwritten notes on bulletin boards in cafes and shops. These rentals can be for 1 month, 3 months, 1 year and so on. Exploring the small lanes on motorbike is the best way to find place for rent. If you will be moving to Bali long term, you might want to check out this post on the logistics of moving to Bali.

Don’t be afraid to knock on your neighbor’s door and ask how much they pay for rent, it will give you an idea.

The longer you rent a place for the lower the overall price will be. Problem is how so you know you’ll still want the house after 6 months. Here in Bali many things can happen after you’ve rented a house including leaking roofs, disfunctional drainage, bad staff, etc. The way to handle this is to rent the place for a week, if you like it try it for a year. After that year you’ll know what the place is like, then you can go for a 5 year lease if that appeals.

Houses in Bali are open-plan, with parts of the living area adjacent to the garden. This obviously presents security issues. It is important to get a feel of how trustworthy the gardener, pembantu are and also know that your doors have some degree of security, as many doors have flimsy locking structures. Check out this post for learning more about safety in Bali.

Don’t like roosters at 4am, or party scene overflow all night long? You need to sleep in a place for a while to see how that works.

Flooded driveways in the wet season, bird-sized mosquitoes, Balinese cock-fighting over your back wall, aggressive local dogs, these are all extra things you need to think about before committing long term.

Do not move into a place before it meets your standards. If the owner says you can move in and he will fix the roof, walls, pool, driveway, don’t believe it. Get a signed contract and pout it in a safe place.

Picking the Right Location for You

Finding the right location for you can make a huge difference in your trip. There have been so many times I have seen people who didn’t do enough research before renting a villa and ended up moving only days after they arrived. Do the research and make sure that the villa you want to rent is in the location you want to be in.

A good example of this would be a backpacker that’s on a super tight budget, but still likes to party every night. They find a villa for rent that is super cheap. The only problem is that it is about a 20 minute drive from town. While that might not seem far, the cost of taxi rides back and forth will add up fast. In turn, you will end up spending more money overall by living in a cheaper villa further from everything else.

The moral of the story, if you like to be where the action is, find something affordable in that area.