Renting in Malaysia

Old Jun 9th 2018, 3:08 am
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I'm not part of the mm2h program or have any special visa.Just a tourist 90 day pass.

I work away for 2 months and back for 2 months.
I could pay 2 months in advance before I leave.

Is it possible to get a long term rental agreement?
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Old Jun 9th 2018, 6:10 am
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Why not rent for a full year? Or at least compare the pricing vs 6 x 2 months. If 12 months is only slightly more expensive it may be worth to have the convenience of having a fixed place to return to.
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Old Jun 9th 2018, 6:15 am
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Sorry, I meant 12 months.
But I've been told I would need a 6 month visa before I'd be able to rent for a year.
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Old Jun 9th 2018, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by lacmac View Post
But I've been told I would need a 6 month visa before I'd be able to rent for a year.
Everything is negotiable in Malaysia. It depends on the house owner: does (s)he wants to rent to somebody without a long(er) term visa?
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I wasn't asked to show my visa when renting. Sure if you pay enough in advance you'll be fine, see what the rental agents say. I did need a local bank account to set up the payments that maybe more difficult without a longer term visa but not impossible.
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I know of quite a few people who rent per year w/o having any residence visa. So that shouldn't be a problem.
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Old Jun 9th 2018, 10:55 am
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So theoretically you'll be coming back and forth to Malaysia 6 times in a year. That could mean that Immigration may get suspicious about you working in Malaysia. They may only issue you a short term visa or even deny entry. That's one reason why people don't rent to those who don't have a proper visa or pass. But if the landlord is willing to accept the risk then that's up to them.

Of course they may ask for a larger deposit...and you could lose it all if you have to give notice if you can't return. Plus arrange all your affairs...pets, household goods, etc. for abroad.

Seems you've been on the site for awhile so haven't you just asked about amongst agents or landlords? Or have you faced resistance there.
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Old Jun 9th 2018, 11:38 am
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Thanks for everyone's input.

Ive been living in ipoh for the last 5yrs and before that 2 yrs in KL. I was married to a local so having a house etc was fine as everything was in her name. But because of my job, I couldn't get any type of visa or open a bank account,so i just entered as a tourist every 2 months. I never had any problems with immigration.

Now we are separated and I took it for granted that I could just rent here. But each agent I asked said I need a 6 month work permit/visa, they don't want to take a risk if after 2 months I'm gone and not return as they would loose out on a long term Tennant. I'm sure if I paid a larger deposit it would be fine. But I don't fancy paying 6 months in advance.

If I can't stay here, then I'll go to phuket as there are no such restrictions there.
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Originally Posted by lacmac View Post
Thanks for everyone's input.

I never had any problems with immigration.
I hear from friends it is getting more difficult and Immi more stringent than perhaps they used to be. Penang immi especially.... but this is just second-hand info. I have MM2H.
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Old Jun 10th 2018, 3:12 am
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I've flown in from labuan to kl for years and had no problems. I think the biggest problem would be if it's at border crossings, such as Kuala perlis. I've only crossed there twice, once just to extend my tourist visa.
I've been doing this for 7+ yrs from various countries and no issues. One guy did ask why go to ipoh? I said I'm married to a local girl there but because of my job I can't get a spouse visa. He said OK and let me through.
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Originally Posted by lacmac View Post
Sorry, I meant 12 months.
But I've been told I would need a 6 month visa before I'd be able to rent for a year.
I have no long term visa, same as you, but I had no problem at all with getting a one year rental contract (paid one month in advance). Plenty of agents and landlords would have been happy to take my money in KL. This is boleh-land!
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