How to find cheap rental apartments in Nairobi.
You will agree with me finding a good apartment that is in good condition and cheap is not easy, especially in Nairobi. Five years ago with Ksh 6,000, you could get a decent 1 bedroom apartment in the outskirts of Nairobi. Today with the same money you can only get a bedsitter which may not be in a good condition.
This shows you how rent has risen, consequently being able to find a nice apartment that is cheap and in excellent condition is like searching for hidden treasure.
If you want to find that hidden treasure, the suburbs especially those outside urban areas will be a perfect place to house hunt. You will be surprised how cheap apartments are in these areas.
Rental prices for a one bedroom apartment start from Ksh 8-15k in estates that will be perfect if you are starting a family. If you are just completed college or starting your first job I will recommend you start with a bedsitter. With Kes 6-10k you will get a bedsitter in estates like Zimmerman, Umoja, and other Nairobi suburbs.
For the big family, you should look for at least 2 bedroom apartment, this will be convenient for your family, with the kids getting their own bedroom(s). On average a 3 bedroom apartment will range from Kes 25-40k.
The first step is to identify the type of apartment you want that is, a studio(bedsitter), 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms apartment. From what you have set for your budget to cater for rent start housing hunting for an apartment within that amount.
If you want to find a cheap apartment you should start housing hunt at least two months in advance. This will give you more time to review more properties and also improve the probability of getting the apartment you looking for. The more time you have for house hunting the more the chance of getting a cheap apartment that is within your budget.
Use online sources that list rentals property to find if there are apartments that are within your budget. You can contact the agents featured on the site and ask them if they can find you an apartment within your budget. One of such websites is Houselink Rentals.
Houselink Rentals link rental agents and prospecting tenants looking for new houses to rent or buy.