Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum lease agreement period is typically 2-3 years. Rent is increased each year per market index IGPM or IPCA.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Leases are often negotiated in Reals and rent is paid in local currency in arrears.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1-3 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit will be returned upon termination of the lease and completion of a walk through inspection. Any damages incurred will be deducted from the returned security deposit.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When you moving to Brazil you may want or need to establish residency.  Requirements may include:

• Obtain local ID (CPF)
• Register with federal police to obtain National Migratory Registry (RNM)

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to apply for a driver’s license include:

• Original RNE card + Registration Certificate (Certidao de Registro)
• Copy of Cadastro de Pessoa Fisica (CPF)
• Copy of a proof of residence (it can be a lease contract)
• Copy of current valid driver’s license
• Copy of your driver’s license sworn translation

Documents to take to the clinic as part of the CNH application process include:
• Original valid driver’s license + the sworn translation
• RNE or its protocol + Registration Certificate (certidao de Registro)
• Proof of residence (it can be your lease contract)

Additional Notes

If your home country is part of the Convention of Viena your home country driver’s licence is valid for 180 days in Brazil.

Only foreigners that are not from signatory nations of the Vienna Convention, or come from countries that don’t have reciprocity treaties with Brazil, must go through the entire process of taking a CNH to be allowed to drive.

The first step is to register in a driving school, which will be responsible for guiding you through the process which includes a medical test and a psychological behavior/logic exam. If approved, the next step is theoretical lessons and a theoretical test. All tests and exams are done in Portuguese.

The process of qualifying for a driver’s licence can take up to two days. Once issued, the CNH will be issued in approximately 5-7 days.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• A permanent visa or a temporary visa and have been in Brazil for longer than 12 months.
• Valid passport
• Proof of income
• Proof of residence

Time Required

Typically opening a bank account can be completed in 5-7 days, as long as all proper documentation is provided. Generally this refers specifically to a basic bank account, not an investment account or other form of account.