When decided to live in Siem Reap you will also
need to find a nice place to stay. Depending on the length of your
stay you have serveral options.
You want to feel at home and find a good and safe place to stay,
then you can have a look at the following renting possibilities
which Siem Reap offers. You can just rent a room, appartment or
house depending on your budget. Below we give more details for
these three options.
There are many guesthouses that offer a discount for volunteers
or long stay renting. You can get easily a standard room for around
7 dollars a night including aircon, WIFI and cleaning
There are also many houses and other properties that have rooms
availables. These are most of the time runned by Cambodians and
offer a nice room including aircon, small kitchen TV and
refrigerator for a price between 80 and 150 dollars a month, often
water and electricity not included. These properties don't always
have sigh outside but just aks around and the local people and
foreigners living here will point you to the right direction. You
have many near Psar Leu, way to Building Bright University (BBU)
and Park Hyatt Hotel street. Rooms located futher away from town
are cheaper than the ones in the heart of Siem Reap.
If you have a larger monthly budget or want to share you can
look for an appartment or condo to live ine. You have one, two or
three bedroom appartments availble. The prices can fluctuate from
300 to even a 1000 dollars a month depending on the style,
location, size and other services included. You can find already a
two bedroom appartment with swimming pool and gym for around 450
dollars a month, water and electricity not included. If you
looking for a bigger, more modern and including all the facilities
you will be paying a high monthly renting price. The advantage of
an appartment or condo is that they often have 24 hour security and
most of the time a partking lot.
If you are keen on your privacy and like to have a garden you
have the option to rent a house. You have a wide range of houses to
choose from. You can rent a traditional Khmer house, small modern
house or a big villa. It depends on your needs and budget. Also
here the location, style, modern facilities and size determine the
price. You have already a Khmer styled house located close to town
for around 200 dollars. Big villas with huge properties will have a
rental price of 1000 to 3000 dollars a month.
Rooms you can just rent per month and most of the time they
won't ask you to sign a contract. For rening an appartment, condo
and house or villa they often ask you to sign a contract for
atleast 6 or 1 year. Also a deposit of two months is required.
Before you sign a contract please read it carefully and make sure
that you sigh a contract in English. Don't just sign a Khmer
contract because you will never by sure if it contains the same
contract as the English one. Check also which services are included
and the inventory list if this is included in the contract.
According to the new Land Law of August 2001, no foreigner
(natural person or legal entity) can own land in Cambodia. There is
a new law since April 2010 which allows foreigners to be owners of
building above the ground. So you can become the owner of a
appartment or condo on the first or higher floors.
There are still some other options which can help you to buy a
house or land. We will discuss them briefly.
A foreigner buys and pays the full price for the property but
the title deed has to be registered on a Cambodian national. The
foreigner and the Cambodian national will set up than a leasing
agreement between them with guarantees a lease of 99 year. The
foreigner can keep 100% full control if he has a contract with
secure agreements about the leasing and property holding. The
foreigner has the possiblity to sell the property and can claim
100% the profit is he is in possession of the title deed.
As a foreigner you can set up a company in partnership with a
Cambodian citizan. Any property you buy will be bought in name of
the company. The problem here is that you will only own 49% and the
Cambodian national will have 51%. All rights, allocation of shares,
certificates and selling options should be well documented in a
contract. This can allow the foreigner to have full control of the
Be carefull with this option. Here the title deed and purchase
will be registered on the name of the Cambodian national. In this
case you have to be sure you can trust the Cambodian. As precaution
you should stay in possession of the title deed and prevent the
Cambodian national to have the option to sell the property. This is
not really a save option and cause for problems.
When marring a Cambodian national you can put the name of the
property on yours wifes or husbands name. Here you should also be
able to trust fully your wife or husband because this option can
cause problems in divorcing matters. The property is not registered
on your name so you also have no rights to it. A foreigner married
to a Cambodian national and has resident in Cambodian for already a
long time can try to apply for citizenship. Any property bought
than can be registered on both names. But you will still need a
legal agreement and have a clear view on the rights and obligations
in case of a divorce.
A foreigner can become a Cambodian citizen if he pays $50.000 to
the government who will note it as a donation. The advantage of
this is that you will be able to buy a real property and have 100%
There are a few real estate offices in Siem Reap you can take
you around to show the available properties for renting or buying.
They have most of the time listing available in all price ranges.
They can also help you with the required documents.
Cambodia Angkor Real Estate [C-A-R-E] was one of the first real
estate companies established in 2002 in Siem Reap. Are you looking
for an apartment or house for living or are you interested in find
an interesting building for you business, CARE can definitly help
you. This real estate company has a divers property portfolio
for commercial and residental purposes. Feel free to visit their
office where friendly and professional staff will welcome you and
show you the properties that meet your requirements. They are not
only operating in Siem Reap but you can also find them in Phnom
Penh and Sihanoukville. Its office in Siem Reap is located in Lork
Ta Neouy Street, turn left 500m before Psar Lheu on Natioal
Road 6 and you will find it on your right after 700m.
Tel : +855 63 963 039
Siem Reap Properties is a Real Estate Consultant Agency that
focus on the expatriate community. They have a exclusive property
portfolio and will help you to find the ideal place for your living
or starting your business. They can give professional advice
on renting and buying a house, land, apartment, hotel, guesthouse
and any other business or residental options. Siem Reap Properties
will also provide you with and help to fill in the necessary
docurments to make sure that you follow the Cambodian real estate
rules and laws. For any requirements and questions related to real
estate don't hesitate to contact them.
Tel: +855 12 512 932 (French &
This new company is owned and managed by Cambodians who have a
good expertise about the properties for rent and sale in Siem Reap.
They will help you to find the best deal for your needs. They also
offer nteresting lving and business options if you are planning to
stay for a long time. For more information and to visit some
properties you can contact their agent.
Tel : +855 92 306 049 (Khmer/English) or +855
92 986 614 (French)
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