When considering renting in the BVI, it is worth spending some time exploring the different areas and looking at what each area has to offer. Do you want to spend your free time on the beach? Do you like to eat out and want to be close to a variety of restaurants? Do you sail, dive, or surf on your weekends? Where will your children go to school? Where you choose to live in the BVI can make the difference between liking and loving your new island life!
Before you make the move, talk to a BVI real estate agent at Emerald Properties BVI. Ask questions and tell us what it is you are looking for in your life in the BVI. Make a wish list – what amenities can you not live without? Life in the BVI can sometimes be a lot simpler than your life back home.
We will listen to your requirements and strive to find you the perfect place to suit your needs. Then we’ll take you to view a number of properties that fit your requirements. Once you have chosen your new home, the next step for us is to secure the property for you. Prior to moving in, you’ll need to pay the required security deposit and the first month’s rent in advance, along with a signed lease agreement.
There is a wide range of rental accommodations available in the BVI, from a small studio apartment to a large 5-bedroom family villa with a pool.
Here are answers to some of the questions you might have about renting a property in the British Virgin Islands.
The standard long-term rental lease agreement is for 12 months. Short-term leases are possible for under 6 months; however, you will usually find you pay a higher monthly rent for a shorter term lease, as these properties do tend to concentrate on vacation rentals.
This will depend on particular owners, what type of pet, and where it is to be kept. Owners that accept pets will usually require an additional pet deposit as well as a pet clause added to the lease agreement regarding control and cleaning up after pet. Pet deposits will range from $500+ USD per pet. Ask your agent which properties are pet-friendly when you start your rental home search.
Most landlords will require a security deposit and the first month’s rent. The security deposit is usually the same as the monthly rental amount. Occasionally the security deposit may be a little more due to extras such as pets. Sometimes a landlord will require the deposit plus first and last month’s rent. Check with your agent on what the policy for a particular property is.
Here are the terms used with BVI rental properties:
As you’d expect, the cost of renting unfurnished and semi-furnished properties is going to be cheaper than renting a place that is fully furnished and move-in ready.
Generally, when renting in the BVI, utilities are not included. See FAQ on Life and Living in the BVI for more information on utilities.
Your monthly utility bills of course will depend on usage and size of property.
Utilities like electricity, water, gas, and TV are not usually included in monthly rental prices.
Cistern water is collected from rain, and if the home you’re renting relies on cistern water, conserve water usage — especially in the dryer months. However, there are water-delivery companies who will fill empty cisterns.
Water may sometimes be included in your rental price, but check with your landlord on which water source the home relies on.
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