Medellin Apartment Rentals
In Medellin you can find an array of furnished rental apartments ranging from budget to luxury. You will find that 90% of rental apartments are located in El Poblado, simply because that’s where nearly all tourists wish to stay. Most rentals include gas, electricity, internet and cable tv service. It may also include maid service once a week to clean the apartment and wash the bedding / towels.
If you’re staying longer term and want to rent a unfurnished apartment through a local agency you will encounter many barriers. First of all you will need to find two people to guarantee the rental, they will need to have property in Medellin and a high income. Alternatively you will be asked to deposit 6 months rent in a bank account as insurance and complete loads of paperwork. For this reason most foreigners either chose to rent furnished apartments through foreign owned agencies or do it the hard way by trying to find an apartment owner willing to rent direct without the intervention of an agency.
According to Colombian law rental apartments are subject to a minimum 30 day rental period unless the building has specifically obtained approved from the entire building and registered with the government. Despite this, most agencies/landlords overlook this rule and hope the neighbors don’t complain. As a tenant you should be aware that your behavior could result in the apartment owner being fined and affect their ability to continue renting the apartment by days. As a result there may be considerable fines for breaking rules relating to noise, parties and bringing unwanted visitors. In Poblado, whilst not illegal, it is considered socially unacceptable to bring prostitutes into family buildings.
Be careful of unscrupulous people who rent apartments at local prices and then sublet them at exaggerated rates to visitors who don’t know any better.