Living in Morocco

By | June 22, 2021

Where to live In Rabat, foreigners like to move to the following areas: Hassan, Les Orangers, Agdal, Souissi, Hay Riad. In Casablanca, Maarif, CIL, Oasis, Beausejour, Ain Diab and Anfa are preferred residential areas.

The choice of where you live depends on many factors, including the time required. Due to the increasing amount of car traffic, more and more people are stuck in traffic jams on their way to work, school or the gym. The new trams in Casablanca and Rabat provide a remedy, but overall local public transport in the cities of Morocco is still underdeveloped. Another criterion is the feel-good factor. Most Moroccans are very family-oriented and prefer to spend their free time at home. The public cultural and leisure offer is less than in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. At the same time, it can be difficult to adapt to the foreign culture and the new work environment. A pleasant private retreat is all the more important. The apartment should have enough space (guest room), it should have heating (it gets very cold in winter) and it should be safe. Security guards at the house entrance or in the neighborhood are part of everyday life in Morocco. In well-off apartment blocks, it is sometimes common to keep the main entrance door locked during the day.

If you are in Morocco for a short time, but at least 14 days, renting a furnished apartment may be worthwhile . Most real estate agents also have short-term furnished rentals in their portfolios.

According to pharmacylib, the best time to look for a spacious apartment are the months of May and June, as many foreign employees move during the summer holidays (children!) And offer their apartments shortly beforehand. At other times of the year, the offer is scarcer and more expensive. Most of the foreign employees in Morocco hire real estate agents to look for accommodation. But also ask your compatriots (embassy, media, cultural institutes or your future employer) whether an apartment might be vacant somewhere. Or ask business people in the neighborhood of your choice. The barber or the butcher are often very well informed about where an apartment or house is currently vacant. WARNING: If you contact a real estate agency in Morocco, you should have a specific move-in date in mind, as the brokers mediate at relatively short notice. Some offices only work with foreign customers who want to conclude a contract within a month. When viewing objects, you should have a tape measure and a camera with you. The realtors in Morocco usually only produce rudimentary documentation, and the given square meters are often only estimates.

Broker commission:When a broker is commissioned with a search, a preliminary contract is made between the prospective tenant and the brokerage office. This contract does not yet contain any payment obligations. In Morocco, brokerage commission is only due if the brokerage is successful. The usual monthly rent is cold, plus 20 percent VAT (IVA) .

Rental agreement: Some brokers not only take on the brokerage of the apartment, but also take care of the drafting of the rental agreement. This is practical, but you should also take a critical look at the lease yourself. The brokerage offices recommended by the German embassy have pre-formulated model contracts drawn up by lawyers, some of which can be adapted to the wishes of the tenant / landlord. The leases can be made for one or more years. The rental agreements must be stamped by the arrondissement (residents’ registration office).

Equipment of the apartment: When renting living space in Morocco one should pay attention to how the electricity and telephone lines are made. “Newly renovated” usually means that the walls have been painted. It can happen that you have to tear everything open again after renting, because the lines for telephone and internet are insufficient or the power lines are old and ailing. If you do not have the technical expertise yourself, you should take a person from the subject with you to the inspection who puts on the pole tester or something similar. In Morocco, air conditioning systems are often also used for heating. As a rule, the systems are not rented out, but rather brought and installed by the tenants themselves. If you want to rent the apartment with air conditioning, you should say so explicitly. Generally speaking, apartments in Morocco are more simply furnished than in Germany, but double-glazed windows and elevators are standard in most mid-range apartment buildings. Not all houses in Morocco have escape stairs. When renting from the 2nd floor upwards, this should be specifically asked for.

Rental prices: Apartment rents in Rabat and Casablanca are the highest in Morocco. Middle to high quality apartments in good locations are currently between 100 and 200 DH / m². The rental prices are not given uniformly in Morocco. Sometimes utilities are included, sometimes not. In Morocco, additional costs are called “Frais de syndic”. In addition to the ancillary costs, a 10 percent council tax may be added. As a rule, these should be paid for by the landlord. Heating costs and electricity are generally not included. According to the law, apartment rents can be increased once every three years by up to 8 percent.

Living in Morocco