Rental prices are very high in Mozambique, and there are very few laws in place to protect renters from rent increases.
Renting in Mozambique can be extremely difficult. Overall, the city suffers from a shortage of adequate long-term housing - particularly housing that meets expat standards. Short-term vacation rentals are much easier to find.
Searching for rentals online in advance is possible - though it is wise to investigate the property in person before signing a lease. Consider renting a short-term vacation rental online first, before committing to a longer-term lease.
There are a number of websites online that advertise Maputo rental properties. Some of the most used are:
Another great online resource is the Mozambique classifieds on EasyExpat. You can also chat with other expats on the Mozambique forum or network and receive advice.
O Noticias has a classified section in their print-version that advertises rental properties. The classifieds posted online are extremely out of date.
The most common way to find a rental is through personal networks and public postings. Keep an eye out for fliers at popular expat hangouts in Maputo - and be sure to ask around. Word of mouth can take renters a very long way.
Rental agents are unregulated in Mozambique and can charge quite high commissions. They are not often used. If you are going this route, be sure to clarify expectations at the onset with both the agent and the renter.
Visiting the apartment is a very important step in securing a rental. It is extremely important that during this period, you clarify exactly what will be included in your rent (including items in the apartment).
Important things to look out for are:
You might also consider visiting the property at different times of the day, to get a feel for the neighbourhood more broadly.
It is essential that you negotiate a clear and detailed contract with your prospective landlord. Generally, there are few laws protecting renters in Mozambique. Be extremely clear with your landlord when negotiating your lease, and be extremely careful about what you sign.
Key elements to cover include:
Laws and resources to protect the renter are very limited in Mozambique. Your contract should stipulate the minimum amount of notice you must provide to your landlord. Note that it may be expected that you find a replacement tenant, and that your landlord may be slow to return your down payment.