Finding a Rental Property

Information on where to look for available rental properties in the Philippines...

There are two ways of finding properties:

  1. Through private rentals via individual landlords.
  2. Through local rental agents.

The Internet is a good place to start a search, as private landlords post rental properties online. This is also a good way to avoid agency fees.

Some useful websites are:

Newspapers advertising rental properties

Properties are commonly advertised in major newspapers in the classified advertisements section. These major newspapers are published in English with wider circulation and have a good classifieds section:

  • The Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • The Philippine Star
  • The Manila Times
  • Business World
  • The Manila Bulletin
Letting agents

Agents are a good source of property listings. The advantage of using an agent is that they do all the groundwork and can negotiate with the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. The average rate for agents is from 3 to 5% of the total amount of the lease.

References and Documents

Landlords and letting agents may require personal, professional and financial references from the prospective tenant as proof that they have the capacity to pay. Documents may include the following:

  • Passport
  • Proof of address (utility bills or bank statements)
  • Certificate of employment with details of salary
  • Character reference with contact details