How to find Bali long term rentals to suit you
Our family recently moved to Bali, and would have been looking for Bali long term rentals if we hadn’t already had one ready after finding it on our trip a few months ago. Our spacious two-bedroom apartment with a pool, five minutes from the beach, is perfect for our family and my Mum has got a lovely smaller apartment next door (to find out exactly how much we pay per month and for our entire monthly budget for Bali for our family of 5, click here).
Many people wish to find Bali long term rentals for several reasons. Bali is an ideal base for people who work online, many of whom do a quick visa run every two or six months depending on which visa you have. It has easy-to-get visas for retired people and it’s also a great place to spend a sabbatical with your family… in fact we laid out the 10 reasons we moved to Bali here! Often Bali long term rentals come with housekeeping, WiFi and similar extras included. Ours includes weekly cleaning, weekly pool cleaning, WiFi, electricity and gas for our little stove.
We receive a lot of messages asking how to get good accommodation, especially Bali long term rentals, so I thought I’d tell you how to find them and how to get the best deal.
Our #1 tip and what affects the prices
The absolute #1 best way to find cheap Bali long term rentals is to ask locals. The way we found ours was simply by wandering into a cafe and asking if anyone they knew had accommodation to rent. It just so happened that the cafe owner’s brother had apartments just behind the cafe, et voila. Asking this way means you deal directly with the owners and not agents (who take a cut of the rental which inevitably pushes the price up, just like estate agents at home). We rented an apartment in this block for 6 weeks last year and were good tenants, which meant that when we came back this time we had a good bargaining position.
Other factors that will affect the price of Bali long term rentals are the season (low season October-March will be cheaper, high season May-September is more expensive), the location of the accommodation (you’ll pay a premium for being close to the beach or overlooking rice fields) and of course the size, including whether or not it has a pool (ours is a shared pool).
Resources to find Bali long term rentals
If you find the idea of wandering into cafes or shops and asking locals a bit intimidating, Facebook groups are your next best bet. Often owners will post on local community groups offering villas etc for rent, and of course prices are negotiable. Facebook groups in which we’ve seen long-term rentals advertised include Sanur Community, Ubud Community, Canggu & Seminyak Community, Lovina Community, and South Bali Housing & Accommodation Rent.
Websites to find Bali long term rentals
There are a fair few website specialising in Bali long term rentals. Often the term will be a year or but this is negotiable. Here are the websites we’ve previously checked out for finding long term accommodation in Bali:
If you want a convenient option where you can arrange to view several properties these websites are a good choice.
One more way to get a Bali long term rental, albeit not the cheapest way, is to use Booking.com (click here for their current Bali options) or Hotels Combined (click here for their current Bali options) and check out the monthly rates for guesthouses, villas and apartments that are listed on there. If you speak to the owner of the property they will often do good deals on long term rentals and save you a considerable chunk off the listed price online.
Haggling in Bali is quite an art, something that requires its own blog post- top tips would be to not be too direct, certainly not confrontational, and keep it light and casual (and smile!) Also the Balinese like to do things face to face, so don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to give you a price on email or over the phone. The owner of our current apartments wouldn’t engage in talking about a price until after we had moved in, and then it was an organised meeting between him and Patrick (the men do the negotiating traditionally) while they were watching their kids in the communal pool. A funny blend of structure and casualness that we aren’t used to!
There are plenty of amazing Bali long term rentals; properties here are often stunning, many have outdoor bathrooms and huge luxury baths, swimming pool, lush gardens and other things that are a real treat for those of us not from the island. With this guide you are well on your way to nailing your perfect property to begin your move to Bali!
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We also recommend purchasing the Lonely Planet guide to Bali so that you can scope out which areas may be best for you:
Thank you for reading!
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