Accommodation in Panama City

Rent house or flat in Panama City

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The price of an apartment in Panama City will depend on the location. Prices in and around the city center tend to be more expensive than apartments outside of the center by a third to a half. A studio or one bedroom in the city could run anywhere between $600 to $1,000 or more. Of course, the smaller the apartment and/or the older the building and amenities, the cheaper it will be.

Rental Market in Panama

The Panama City real estate market has been consistently growing in the last decade in both abundance and prices. Many skyscrapers with beautiful condos and apartments continue to be erected in the financial district which adds to the appeal of moving to the capital city.

This has had a positive effect for renters as well. If you are looking for a place to rent in the city, you will experience a very diverse offering.

How to Search for a Rental in Panama


Search engines can help you get a general understanding of the current market and find up to date listings. Most sites even allow you to create a profile and save your favorite properties or receive notifications by email about them. Here are some popular rental sites:

  • Encuentra 24 (reliable Panamanian classifieds website)
  • Rent in Panama
  • Airbnb (did you know that you can message the owner of an Airbnb property and let them know you are interested in their property long-term, and they might negotiate a deal with you? It’s worth a try!)
  • Homeaway (similar to Airbnb)
  • Craigslist (frequently updated listings)


There are not so many news portals that have an online classifieds section in Panama. But the most popular classifieds websites for all sorts of ads in general are Encuentra 24 and Craigslist.

Public Postings

Facebook expat and local groups like Panama Rentals and Relocation are a great way to find properties and create an instant correspondence with the lister. You can also look out for signs in public places if you are in Panama while you are looking for a rental.

Rental Agent in Panama

Estate agents are useful for getting on the fast track to finding a rental property. They will know all the nuances and details of the law for renting as an expat. They will also have many connections and properties related to their company. You can let them know what you are looking for and they can come back to you fairly quickly with available properties for you to look at that match your requirements.

You will have to pay a commission to the estate agent which is often the amount of the first month’s rent. As well, it is mandatory by law to pay a sales tax of 7% of the first month’s rent.

Visit the Apartment in Panama

When looking for an apartment, you should know that there are many old buildings in Panama that have not been renovated. Older buildings might require more upkeep and have more flaws in the apartment. Even before committing to visiting an apartment, you should try to find out if it is in an old building or not. Usually, websites will say if it is in a new or renovated building.

Rental Contracts in Panama

It is not common to have a written contract when renting an apartment in Panama. Although Panama has two laws that oversee the renting of properties less than $150 USD in urban neighborhoods, it does not have much else regarding renter rights.

Notice Period for Rentals in Panama

Usually there is a verbal agreement in regard to giving notice. Many renters will want their tenants to lease the property for at least six months, but a lease can be agreed upon for any length of time, and even then, it is not a strongly enforced. There is also no rule for when to give notice, but the sooner you can give notice, the better.

Update 23/06/2018


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