Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

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

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1-3 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

Typical school fees include a registration fee and tuition.

Accepted Method of Payment

Check and cash are acceptable methods of payment.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


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

• Valid national driver’s permit
• Recent passport photos
• Copy of passport

Additional Notes

It is advisable to obtain an international driver’s license prior to arrival. This must be converted to local driver’s license within 3 months of arrival.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

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

• Proof of employment
• Physical address
• Proof of salary
• Copy of valid passport
• Minimum deposit (varies depending on the bank)

Time Required

It may take up to 5 days days for your account opening to be complete.

Additional Notes

The bank may charge a minimum fee around 150 000 FCFA. This varies depending on the bank.