What is included in the rent, and what fees will I have to pay?
Finding out what utilities are included is absolutely essential. Rent is just part of your living for the month—the biggest part—so you need to be sure you can comfortably cover all other costs of living in that space, including rent payments, and utility bills such as electricity, water, sewer, gas, garbage pickup, Internet, and cable TV, parking fee…
Most apartments will have utilities fee such as administration fee, heat, water, gas, electricity, trash, internet, and even pest control can be separate costs from your rent. Be sure to ask questions about which of those services, tenants will need to set up and pay for. These fees could add several hundred dollars a month to your bill and you don’t want to be surprised when you move in to find you can’t afford parking or access to that awesome gym or rooftop pool.
Or “Try to negotiate these fees and you can sometimes shave off some of the cost.”
Let’s break down the list (If you are an average user with an average unit):
– Electric: Basically it is all about how much you use air-condition and fridge, here in Vietnam. Plan on spending up to $30-40 extra a month.
– Water: $7
– Gas: Usually around $5.
– Internet: Approximately $15/month
– TV: $5/month