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How to Attract Expat Rental Tenants

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A villa for rent in Toul Kork. Hong Menea

How to Attract Expat Rental Tenants

Smart property investors and rental managers know that attracting a reliable expat rental tenant can be an excellent way to ensure you receive the best rental income from your property. As more and more expats come to live and work in Cambodia, the expat rental tenant sector is only expected to grow. Here are a few easy tips that will help you get your piece of the expat pie and find your next expat rental tenant.

So, how do you attract the best expat rental tenants for your property?
1. Potential expat rental tenants search for their new rental property online well before moving to Cambodia. So make sure you advertise your property online up to 3 months before it becomes available for rent. Advertising on is an excellent way to reach expat rental tenants.

2. Because expats often can’t view the property in person, or have trouble navigating new cities, they rely on photos of the property more than most property seekers. Therefore, it is wise to make sure you and your agent take high quality photos. Always use a camera, not your phone! The more photos, the better!

3. Expat rental tenants often move to Cambodia with a young family – so, be sure to explain the local schools and conveniences near your property. Schools form a vital part of a foreign community’s backbone for those arriving in a new country with young children.

4. Furnished or unfurnished? Be prepared to provide some of the basic furniture requirements to help the tenant get started in Cambodia. However, you may not need to provide everything.

5. The potential expat rental tenant must be able to imagine living in your property. Because of this, you should think of your property as if it were a five star hotel as you prepare to advertise. The only way you can justify your price is if what you’re renting looks perfect: Remove all personal attachments in the house; Give the walls a fresh coat of paint, preferably in white; Highlight the best features of the property in your photos; And always add detail to your listing about the un-seen features of the property that are worth advertising.

6. Security is especially important to expat rental tenants – so be sure to take the time to explain what security features your property has, such a cameras, guards, fencing, good neighbours and secure entries.


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