< Back What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city? What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats? Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes? Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common? Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra? Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood? I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city? Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me? What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city? When searching for a place to live, some important factors to consider are safety, location preference and individual needs. Depending on your preferences, you may want to find a place close to work, school, shops, the beach and most importantly, an area that is secure and safe. Additionally, you may wish to factor in whether you'd like to live in a gated community, what the amenities are (if any) and what type of house you'd like to live in. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Miami. ↑ Top What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats? There are many popular areas and neighborhoods available in the city of Miami and its surrounding areas. Again, it all depends on what type of lifestyle and community you desire to live in. Below are some of the more popular areas that both locals and expats choose to live in: Coconut Grove - This area of town has been around a lot longer than most places in Miami, including the city itself. There is a lot to do here and is very popular to singles or those without children. South Beach - This is one of the most famous and trendy neighborhoods in the world. Here you will find great restaurants, shops and entertainment. It is very popular among singles and couples without children. Coral Gables - This is a very cultural neighborhood with unique architecture. It too, is very popular among singles and those without children. Little Havana - One of the most famous sections in town, it is known for its food, shops and Cuban culture. Aventura, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Sunny Isles, Parklands and Hollywood Families tend to opt for these areas, where you can find mostly gated communities and stand-alone homes. For further assistance contact Crown Miami. ↑ Top Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes? Most expats tend to rent the first year. Once they have built up a credit history, they typically look into purchasing. ↑ Top Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common? In order to move into a new rental, most landlords require first and last month's rent, plus a security deposit equivalent to one month's rent. Also, if you have a pet or pets, you may be asked for a pet deposit for each animal. ↑ Top Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra? No, typically all utilities, with the exception of water and sewage, are extra. This does vary from rental to rental, so it is best to ask your prospective landlord for details prior to signing a lease. ↑ Top Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood? Like most cities, it is important to take certain precautions to secure your place of residence. It is also recommended that you check out the local police reports before deciding on an area to live. These reports provide factual information on types of crimes and how often they occur. This will most likely be a determining factor on whether you choose to live in a certain neighborhood or not. If you are aware of your surroundings and employ common sense, you should not have any problems during your stay in Miami. ↑ Top I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city? The electric current in the United States is 110 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 60. Do note: It is not recommended that you bring appliances from overseas. Although there are converters available, the appliance will probably not function properly. Below are examples of the types of plugs that are used in the U.S.: Type A - Flat blade attachment plug Type B - Flat blades with round grounding pin ↑ Top Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me? Miami is such a diverse city; it is recommended that you research the various neighborhoods and communities, as well as area schools before deciding on where to live. For assistance, Contact Crown Miami. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.