June 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm #34434
I am not sure of fellow friends have the same case like me and this is my sharing for expats fellas and Vietnamese buddies.
Few months ago, I am moving to a very nice room in Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1 and staying there for about 3 months. With a very reasonable price including utilities pay and fully furnished room, me and my mate decided to stay for at least 1 year. There are 6 rooms in the house and all of us staying like a family.
I still remember, on that night we just finished our dinner and our door being knock by EVN Officers and police. It has been reported that our landlord had cheated the electric and we get our “long lasting” question about why our electric bill is only around VND500.000 monthly even we have 6 air-conditioners in the house.
Even worst, we found out that the landlord is not a “real owner”. He just rent the house and pretend like a real owner. Another problem, he is not registering my stay there because he try to avoid from paying tax. All of us were surprised with it. For many days we are staying in hotel and unable to take our things from the house because the “Fake owner” and “Real Owner” need to settle their things.
On that time, all of us decided to rent a new house in town and the house hunting wasn’t that easy. We are all busy with our working commitment and we have to take no pay leave for house hunting. Even worst, until today, we still haven’t receive any refund and compensation from the “Fake Owner” and we found out that this is the FIFTH time he did the same FRAUD.
TIPS for my fellow friends to avoid from this kind of HOUSING STRESS happened:
a. Make sure you know if the OWNER is a REAL OWNER
b. Make sure the landlord REGISTER you as resident at nearby police station
c. Have a clear agreement (Lawyer advise is better) and notarized it.
Do you have same experiences? or even worst scenario? Hopefully you can share with us.June 17, 2012 at 9:27 am #35490
@mrdanial for expats, it may be more stressful and more expensive to get the houses rented. Some one has said this is “The two prices situation” in Vietnam. But I know the landlords have to pay for the tax and take some administrative procedures for the renting properties. That makes it hard.June 18, 2012 at 10:06 am #35542
Yes. Normally landlord need to register the house for foreigner renting and need to pay tax plus some other fees. If I am not wrong, its 500.000vnd to register one foreigner (one time pay only). But most of landlord try to avoid it, unless the tenant asking for a red invoice, then only they will do so (plus the tenant need to pay additional 10%).June 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm #35690
there is a “hidden fee” you knowJune 22, 2012 at 9:54 am #35758
Yes there is. Some kind of small-small fees which will go to someone’s pocketAugust 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm #39731
glad I never have to pay that hidden fee
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