Medellin Free City Guide

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.

Toucan Tip: Rent from Professionals

We recommended you consult only with professional agencies that have a quality website and a wide range of listings. Professional agencies don’t advertise on Craigslist. You will also notice a big difference between foreign owned agencies and local agencies.

We recommend the following agencies that have been operating in Medellin for some years and have the best reputation. They are all foreign owned agencies with English speaking agents.

Medellin Apartment Rentals
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6 Comments on “Medellin Apartment Rentals”

    1. Thanks for your comment John. As we are aware First American Realty is the same company as The Apartment Medellin with the same listings, but they focus more on the sales side. I have amended the text.

  1. Wow – rip off tourist prices on all four realty websites listed !! I’ve been living in a beautiful furnished 3 bedroom penthouse beside a metro station , 10 minutes from the centre, for 15 dollars a night – at even that is expensive by local standards.
    Even the notorious AirBnB is better than those 4 sites listed.

    1. Hi Josh, thanks for taking the time to comment. Short term apartment rentals in a safe exclusive neighborhood are of course going to be more expensive than long term rentals closer to downtown. Everyone has different requirements and some people don’t mind paying more for luxury and location. However if you know of some more affordable short term furnished apartment rentals with agencies that speak English we would be more than happy to include them also in the listings.

    2. Hello Josh,

      Would you be able to advise how to get an apartment for similar pricing? Looking for a studio near Poblado. I’m going for work so need atleast a month.


    3. Hi Josh:

      I totally agree with your analysis. I guess “value is relevant” (to what somebody is used to paying but still I don’t think anybody is really serving the cost-conscious foreigner market fairly. I’m looking for a long-term one or two BR place, furnished preferably but unfurnished would do, almost anywhere in Medellin (near public transportation). Poblado is least desirable to me. I have a max budget of 1,000,000 COP @month. Could you give me any leads?

      Art Williams
      310 842 8032

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