Medellin Apartment Rentals
A selection of apartments from LifeAfar/Apartment International (see below)
Finding 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.
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, many agencies/landlords overlook this rule and hope the neighbors don't complain. However recently the government has been sealing many illegally rented apartments, so book with caution.
The most common places to search for rentals is Airbnb, Booking.com and Tripadvisor. These sites all have rating options so you can check the opinions of other people before making a decision.
If you're staying longer term and want to rent a unfurnished apartment you'll probably head straight to a local agency. This is where you'll encounter many barriers. First of all you will need to find two people to guarantee the rental (called fiadores), 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.
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 in service between foreign-owned agencies and the less attentive Colombian-owned 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.
LifeAfar/Apartment International were one of the first foreign-owned agencies in Medellin to offer short term accommodation options to international visitors. They now offer more than 200 apartments and vacation rentals in four Colombian cities, Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena & Cali. Whatever you're looking for they have the largest number of options in Medellin for every budget, group size and travel need.
Lifeafar/Apartment International gives all of their guests access to the their own personal concierge at their Global Express Business Center on Calle 10, two blocks down from Toucan. You'll receive a free day of coworking space, the best wifi in Medellin, a social community for networking and events and all of the professional services that you need when traveling abroad, a virtual mailbox for shipping and packages, accounting and legal support, visa guidance, investment opportunities and even medical referrals.