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 work visa.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity, and repairs will be deducted if necessary

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 2 weeks’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

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

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer and cheque are acceptable methods of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Application fee, payable upfront (non-refundable)
• Registration fee
• Tuition fee
• Security deposit (refundable)

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer and cheque are acceptable methods of payment.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


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

• ID card or passport (original and copy)
• Three recent passport sized photographs
• Residence permit
• A no-objection letter from applicant’s sponsor (in Arabic)
• A copy of sponsor’s ID card

Additional Notes

Process depends on origin country driver’s license. Most European countries, and USA can exchange their origin driver’s license for a local license. Other nationalities are required to pass a test.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

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

• Residence Visa
• Salary Certificate

Time Required

It may take 1-3 days for your account opening to be complete.

Additional Notes

All international banks are present in Qatar.