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Renting - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
How long are tenancy contracts?
Typically tenancy contracts are for a minimum of one year. The majority of landlords consider anything less as short term, in this case the landlord will ask for a higher price.

What would happen if I terminate my contract before the end of the term.?
This depends on the terms of your contract.
There is generally a one or two month's penalty for early termination and a one or two month notice period.

What are the costs for utility bills?
For a 3 bedroom villa, it should cost less than QR1000 per month. This should cover electricity, water & Internet.

What paperwork do I need to for my tenancy contract?
If the contract is under your personal name:
1. Copy of your Residence Permit(RP)
2. Copy of your Qatari ID
3. Copy of your passport.
4. Cheques. For example, a one year contract. You need to produce 13 cheques. 1 cheque for the deposit (one months rent) 12 cheques post dated for each month. The deposit is refundable at the end of the term.
• IF the contract will be under your company's name:
1. Copy of company registration(CR)
2. Copy of establishment ID
3. Copy of ID, RP & passport of person signing the contract.

My Qatari ID and RP is still in progress, can I still rent a property?
Yes, a copy of your passport and a letter from your company is sufficient until you receive the above documents.

What’s the difference between fully furnished, semi-furnished & unfurnished properties?
Fully Furnished – This will typically include kitchen appliances , living and dining area furniture, beds and wardrobes.
Semi furnished – This includes all kitchen appliances and AC’s only.
Unfurnished – does not include any appliances not even AC’s.

Is the deposit cheque cashed or held with the landlord?
The majority of the landlords will cash the deposit cheque and a receipt is provided. This receipt must be presented to the landlord at the end of the tenancy contract to attain your deposit money.

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