Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

There are no standard lease terms in Malawi.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

There are no set standards for required documentation to sign a lease.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 3 months rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of the unit.

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 tenant.

Accepted Method of Payment

Check and cash are acceptable methods of payment.

 

School Registration

School Fees

Typically schools only charge tuition fees.

Accepted Method of Payment

Check and cash are acceptable methods of payment.

 

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Requirements

Any foreigner who holds a valid license issued in their home country can apply for a corresponding Malawi issued license without having to take a road test.

Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Foreign driver’s license
• Valid ID
• Title to stay
• Two passport photos

Additional Notes

Driving is on the right hand side and an international driving license is recommended although not a requirement.

 

Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

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

• Valid passport
• Work permit
• Confirmation of employment and income

Time Required

It may take up to 1 week for your account opening to be complete.