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Hi Everyone
My partner and I are looking into moving to Portugal from the UK at some point next year. Initially we want to rent a villa style property with a pool but we are not having much luck just searching online. Is there a long term residential lettings site/s I could have a look at or can you recommend a letting expert that we could have a chat with or employ to help us find a suitable property.

Many thanks

Jane

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@janec  my answer depends upon if you will be in Portugal before you move. We found the areas where we wanted to live, walked/drove around to look for rental signs and sent whatsapp messages to the number listed. Searching that way we have found a much higher quality of place for a significantly lower price. Asking at the local restaurants around any mercado was also fruitful. Boa sorte!

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@janec We just left our long term rental with over a year left on the lease as we are buying a home. It’s fully furnished and equipped, in the town of Vilamoura, Mid-Algarve. A very nice 3 bed, 2 bath with it’s own small pool and a fenced, gated yard. We paid 2900 euros a month which included gardener and pool maintenance.  There’s a small market, cafe, 2 restaurants and a pub to walk to in the neighborhood, and then the Vilamoura Marina with tons of great places a few minutes drive. Let me know if you are interested.

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Hi JaneC

I’d say the most used sites are idealista.pt and imovirtual.com, and the easiest, as they have a english option (there’s also casa.sapo.pt, supercasa.pt). You can also check the main companies like era.pt, century21.pt or remax.pt, but their main business is selling, not renting. If you’ve already decided in the location, can always give it a try with a local one.

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I highly recommend the services of Casa Portuguesa for help in finding your home in Portugal. See their listing and available discount in the Business Directory. You tell them what you’re looking for and where, they send you recommendations, you narrow things down, they send more recommendations, etc., and together you find the best properties that fit your criteria, and then they help with all the paperwork and legalities.

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I see lots of them pop up on Facebook Marketplace. There are lots of groups you can join dedicated to rentals. Also check your area and “long lets”. Such as Lagoslonglets.com, algarvelonglets.com, etc. Keep in mind, a “long let” may not be a 12-month rental. Also, posting in the groups what you are looking for seems to be popular and they get a lot of responses. And as with anything, watch out for scams. Best of luck.

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The ones I’ve seen on Facebook are so often rediculously overpriced, aimed at people who don’t know any better. Problem is, it contributes to price inflation.

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@konraddobson Hi, we are John and Sheila, retired couple planning on living in Portugal for three months (Sep to Nov). When we travel we like to stay in once place and actually experience living there i.e. shop at local markets, become regulars at local bars and restaurants and so on. So much better than just doing a whirlwind tour and ticking boxes.

You mention that Facebook is sometimes ridiculously priced. We are looking for a two bedroom place (so family can visit). Can you give us some idea of what a place in Lisbon or Porto should cost? I realize that location counts for a lot and ideally we would like to be within walking distance of the old cities perhaps within 5 km?

Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

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@antonio_f 

 

Thank you very much

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@john1 Did you check Flatio?

They offer rentals for a month or more, and it is more secure than using Facebook, there are a number of scammers operating through Facebook, even on Idealista if it is an individual and not an agency. Even some make themselves look like an agency, but they are not. It is not to say that it is not possible to find rentals through there, but you need to be extra careful. There have even been adverts on Facebook groups that link to what looks like the official Airbnb site, but it is not really Airbnb, just a fake site to make it look official.

There is a booking fee at Flatio, but that covers the service they provide by verifying users and properties. If either you or your partner is a Premium Member of Expats Portugal, there is a 15% discount on Flatio service fees.

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Since someone mentioned Idealista, I’ll share some info. As a Realtor in California, I’m pretty aware of representation and that I wanted my own agent when we went to buy. However, if you are using any of the sites like Idealista and you reach out to the advertiser, they consider you their client and then, if you later decide you want to see another of their listings and your agent calls to make the appointment, they have to give the name and guess what?  They are told, sorry, that’s our client. Seriously, just because you asked for information, they consider that what we call a buyer/broker agreement – your pledge to work only with them. So, be very careful.  If you find an agent you want to work with, tell them what you want to see, don’t contact the individual agents who adverise or be prepared to be trapped into working with someone you haven’t met and perhaps might not want to work with. 

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Agreed entirely. I am also a real estate agent from the USA.  Things are very different here!  Be careful when inquiring and when visiting a property. 

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For anyone who stumbles onto this thread, we would also draw attention to the following: if the D7 or other visas are the path forward for someone’s move to Portugal, you’ll need to ensure the landlord is aware you will need a *registered* lease/tenancy (i.e. lease/tenancy registered with the govt, taxes paid, income declared). This is not always the case, but is essential for the visa process and the proofs that are required.

In our experience, there is a limited supply of rental housing but we definitely have seen it growing a lot since we arrived in 2020 – even in the countryside towns where we live, renovate and rent out property (in central Alentejo near Évora). We second @Antonio_F ‘s point that Idealista.pt as being the largest site around and so the most useful for the search. There are many more sites for short term rental however, more for tourists, but for annual contracts we believe it’s the largest.

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