What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
The main factor in determining where to live is usually the location. If you have a specific school in mind for your children, it would be advisable to locate nearby due to school zoning regulations. It could be more difficult to get your children into the desired schools if you do not live in the area.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
The most popular areas among expats are: Umhlanga, La Lucia, Durban North, Kloof, Hillcrest and Gillitts. All of these places are known for lovely homes, good views of the ocean or lush, green mountains.
Apartments are available in and around the northern and southern coasts of Natal. The choices range from 1- to 3-bedroom apartments.
Houses - There are plenty of houses and flats available to rent or buy. There is a variety of different sizes and styles to suit your needs. Houses usually have fairly large gardens, with swimming pools and hot tubs in the more upscale examples. Nearly all have garages for at least one car.
Townhouses normally have a small, enclosed garden with swimming pool in the complex.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Typically, expats opt to buy 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?
When leasing a property, the deposit required is usually the equivalent of one month’s rental.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Electricity, lights and water are sometimes included in rentals; it's best to ask your landlord.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
It is a very good idea to ensure that your home is secure and safe. Most properties have fencing or a wall around the property, often with electric gates and garage doors. It is also common to have security gates and an alarm system in place as well.
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 for South Africa is 220/230 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with UK appliances. Appliances from other countries are not compatible. The type of plug is a three-point round-pin Type M and is similar to the Type D plug, but its pins are much larger. These plugs are required for razors and hairdryers and travel irons. You can purchase these plugs in South Africa.
Type M or "South African" Plug
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