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Rent - monthly or annually?

 
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Need_an_epiphany



Joined: 27 May 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Rent - monthly or annually? Reply with quote

I've searched around on the internet and have found a few bits of information on this but not enough to determine what the situation actually is in Oman.

Do expats have to pay their rent annually in one lump sum? Or is it possible to negotiate monthly payments? Or quarterly or similar?

Hope somebody with experience living out in Oman can help...the thought of one lump sum is concerning me A LOT! Confused
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StampLover



Joined: 14 Dec 2010
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Location: Salalah, Oman

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Month to month is by far the most common. Never heard of anyone doing a lump sum or even quarterly.

Also, deposits are rarely required.
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Need_an_epiphany



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StampLover wrote:
Month to month is by far the most common. Never heard of anyone doing a lump sum or even quarterly.


Thank you. That's reassuring to know! I'm still a little confused though as I've read that it's paid annually e.g. here: http://www.expatarrivals.com/oman/cost-of-living-in-oman
and also here: http://www.liveworkexplore.com/oman/residents/housing-/renting-in-oman
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jonhar_99



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:40 pm    Post subject: Not in Muscat Reply with quote

In Muscat the best deal you can often get is quarterly in advance.
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Need_an_epiphany



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Not in Muscat Reply with quote

jonhar_99 wrote:
In Muscat the best deal you can often get is quarterly in advance.


Ah, so paying in advance seems specific to Muscat then? This seems to make sense as it appears that StampLover is in Salalah.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you will find is that each landlord makes his own decisions. It used to be that all landlords in much of the Gulf required annual rent paid in advance. But then, employers nearly always paid it for the teachers. As employers have switched to giving monthly housing allowances rather than providing furnished flats, the landlords have had to start accepting quarterly or monthly rents.

It is the economic "free market" at work... or something. Cool

VS
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Need_an_epiphany



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
As employers have switched to giving monthly housing allowances rather than providing furnished flats, the landlords have had to start accepting quarterly or monthly rents.VS


Here's hoping I find one accepting monthly payments!
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