Hamala is a village located in the northwest of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bordered by the Arabian Gulf from its west, Hamala is situated near King Fahad Causeway which connects between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Hamala is definitely one of your best options when searching for houses for rent in Hamala Bahrain if you want to live in a calm area overlooking the Arabian Gulf and lies few-minutes far away from Saudi Arabia.
Hamala is home to many hotels and resorts such as Dana Homes Resort, Hamala Beach Resort and Nordic Homes Resort. As for shopping, there is Hamala Hills Mall which comprises a diverse range of retail stores, outlets, restaurants and cafes such as Otto, Plant Café, Caribou coffee, Al Jazeera Supermarket, etc. Additionally, Hamala houses a fair share of administrative facilities such as Batelco, Bahrain's premier telecommunications company, which has its headquarters based in Hamala. Also, Ministry of Defence (Training Center) is located in Hamala. Here's to mention that Hamala has many schools and preschools like The British School Of Bahrain, Buri Primary Boys School, EtonHouse International Preschool, Kinder World Pre-School & Nursery, Vatel Bahrain - International Hospitality School, and more!
First of all, you should consider if you want to rent a furnished or semi-furnished villa. Villas are generally let on a semi-furnished basis. This usually includes fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven and hob, air conditioning and sometimes curtains. If you’re renting a fully-furnished villa, the rent usually includes the municipality tax, electricity, water, satellite television, Internet. If you’re renting semi-furnished, the rent is usually exclusive of municipality tax (10% of the monthly rental) and utility bills. As a tenant, you’ll find most lease agreements in Bahrain are for a term of one year with the option to renew. You should insist on a ‘Diplomatic Clause’ to be included in the lease, in case you are required to leave Bahrain. Should this be the case, you may give one month’s notice at any time, with relevant paperwork. The lease usually starts within 3-4 weeks of signing an agreement. You are usually required to pay 3 months’ rent in advance and after that payments can be made monthly or quarterly in advance. Some landlords may require a one-month security deposit, which is refundable at the end of the tenancy.
A three-bedroom villa in Hamala starts at 800 BHD per month, while the rental price of a four-bedroom villa starts from 1000 BHD per month. A five-bedroom villa with a private swimming pool starts from 1300 BHD.
When you decide the right villa for you, double-check that you’ve filled in the appropriate paperwork, and make sure that it all makes sense to you. It's necessary to keep printed copies of all paperwork to stay in the safe side in case anything goes wrong. Make sure you have a written tenancy agreement that you fully understand, an inventory (or check-in report); which will help in settling any disputes that you may have, a record of meter readings, so you don’t pay the bills for the previous tenant, an up-to-date contact details for your landlord or letting agent, and finally a record of your deposit.
In addition to being aware of all market trends, a professional real estate broker will be far more familiar with all this paperwork than you are. Moreover, he will be alert for issues that might not cross your mind, such as leaks issues, roofing problems, and mold and insect issues. An agent will recognize the telltale signs of these problems and know how best to approach them.
The Bahraini Lease Law states that the rent cannot be increased unless the tenant has been living in the property for two years. The level of increase is 5% for residential leases and 7% for all other leases. The rent cannot be increased more than 5 times during the term of the lease. A landlord must provide a minimum of 3 months written notice in advance if he/she is going to increase your rent.