Accommodation in Fiji

Most expats who are not preparing to retire in Fiji, will move to the country for a short-term assignment. Therefore expats are more likely to rent than buy accommodation in the interim.  

Regardless of what type of accommodation expats are looking for and the duration of the stay, expats should familiarise themselves with the processes for renting or buying property in Fiji before they move.

Renting property in Fiji

Expats don't need a residence visa to rent property in Fiji, but there is a limited stock of high-quality rental accommodation and suitable properties aren't always available. Most expats live and work in Nadi, Suva or the island's main resorts. They can be pricey, so expats should try negotiating for a housing allowance.

Home invasions do happen, which makes living in a good area and security features like high fences and alarm systems important. Many expats also employ guards, which creates the need for a guard house and toilet at the front gate.  

Properties also need to be cyclone-proof and have back-up generators for when the power goes out. The electricity supply is unreliable, even in Suva. Voltage variations, surges and blackouts are commonplace, especially during heavy rains.

Most expats employ a domestic helper to help around the house. Salaries for helpers are cheap by Western standards, and local helpers are known for being excellent with children. Domestic helpers either live in a bure outside their employer's house or travel to work.

Because of the climate and quality of workmanship, houses in Fiji need high levels of maintenance. Local tradesmen will probably be needed to fix household problems regularly. 

Shipping and removals to Fiji

Shipping furniture and personal effects to Fiji is often done from within the country. Shipping can take a long time and many expats stay in hotels while they wait for personal effects to arrive.

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